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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Team

At Pennington Infants we aim to provide the highest quality pastoral support throughout the school so that children achieve their best, educationally, socially and emotionally. 


Our Pastoral Support team is made up of Mrs Wake  (Acting Headteacher),  Mrs Butcher (Pupil & Family Support Lead) and Mrs Lawrence (Parent Support Worker)


The aims of pastoral support at Pennington Infant School

  • To provide support that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life.

  • To support children to address social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs.

  • To maintain an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.

  • To reassure parents/carers their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment

  • To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.


The role of the Pastoral Support Team:

  • To support and work alongside parents in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their child’s learning and development.
  • To work with staff in ensuring good pupil support and build upon the caring and respectful relationships that exist between staff, pupils and families.
  • To support individual children; listening and talking to children who may need support in a variety of pastoral issues, for example, self-esteem and confidence, bereavement, managing feelings, anxieties/worries, separation and developing social and friendships skills.
  • Responding to situations as they arise within school.
  • Meeting with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their child.
  • To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support.



Mrs Butcher

We are lucky enough to have a qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant at Pennington Infant School, Mrs Helen Butcher. She has been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. Mrs Butcher has also been leading our very successful Nurture Group, Acorns as well as Young Carers support group.


Additional support for pupils includes:

  • promoting good attendance and punctuality
  • peer support
  • promoting self-esteem and confidence
  • promoting positive behaviour and positive attitudes to learning


Mrs Lawrence

Mrs Lawrence's role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community whilst following the latest government COVID guidance.  She can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child's  behaviour, well being and is also there as someone to talk to if you need it! She can meet with you in school on a Tuesday morning or at home at a time to suit yourself, preferably a Thursday.  Advice and support is confidential although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies. 


​Support for families includes:

  • providing information and signposting to other services in the local area
  • assistance in completing paperwork and forms e.g. housing, special educational needs, school places and benefits
  • attendance and support at school and other agency meetings
  • advice and support in promoting positive behaviour at home


How does the Pastoral Support Team work?

The pastoral team meet at least once a month to discuss the pastoral support we have been providing, ensuring that each child and family feels cared for, listened to and has received the best possible support they need. Mrs Butcher greets parents at the gate during each afternoon school pick up. Mrs Lawrence will be joining Mrs Butcher each Thursday afternoon to greet you, where you can say hello and make a time to meet her should you need any parenting support. 


Mrs Butcher and Mrs Wake can be contacted through the school office on 01590 672910 and Mrs Lawrence can be contacted on her school mobile phone 

07541 113626.