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Pastoral Support

An Integral part of our work

Pastoral support is fundamental to the success of all the boys  Brantridge School. Many come to us with low levels of self confidence and self esteem and need the relevant pastoral support to flourish  All staff members  are role models and have differing skills sets to assist the boys of Brantridge . They are  available day and night  for guidance with specific issues or simply to support pupils in navigating their way through all aspects of  school life.



Key Pastoral roles in School

  • Head of Care – Carole Johns
  • Deputy Head of Care – Mark Smith
  • Key workers – Day & Residential
  • School Nurse – Sally Bourns
  • Intervention and Well being Lead – Charis McNerlin

 

Key Worker

Each pupil whether resident or day boarder is allocated a key worker. This member of staff is available for communication between home and school and the pupil’s first port of call for support. The key worker makes regular contact with families updating on progress, events and practical organisation issues. The key worker is responsible for monitoring, assessing and reporting on social, behavioural and personal development progress. They set, in consultation with the pupil, targets to be achieved in these areas.

School Nurse

Sally Bourns is our School Nurse. All all resident pupils are registered with our local GP as they spend 39 weeks of the year in this locality. This allows the school nurse to support pupils and families with routine medical screenings, specific appointments, ongoing medical needs, repeat prescriptions and consultant checkups. The school nurse also monitors and reports on general physical fitness and well being.

A vital part of the School Nurse’s role is the pastoral support she provides for pupils. Daily surgery sessions offer an opportunity to talk, get help with ailments or simply seek some reassurance and comfort. A vital part of the School Nurse’s role is the pastoral support she provides for pupils. Daily surgery sessions offer an opportunity to talk, get help with ailments or simply seek some reassurance and comfort.

 

Intervention & Well Being Lead

Charis McNerlin is our Intervention & Well being Lead . Pupils needs are discussed at a weekly Multi Disciplinary meeting (MDT)analysing the weekly data which is inputted every 45 minutes for all pupils . This allows the relevant Senior Mangers, Therapists and Pastoral Leads to discuss Support and Intervention programmes if the need is apparent and implement immediately. All pupils access wave interventions, whilst others will receive targeted intervention and some will also receive specialist intervention  dependant on their  need. Charis will undertake specific intervention if pupils are entitled to 1:1 support from the referring Local Authority and is bespoke and personalised to the individual. Recent programmes have seen a focus on Art and Play.

 

Independent Visitor

Independent visitors are volunteers who take an active interest in the lives, hopes and concerns of our young people and are there to listen and help. An independent visitor will visit the schools, observing key parts of our lives and routines, seeing our pupils and monitoring key records. Our Independent Visitor is Alison Liversley.