Care of children is central to the work we do at St James’ because each one is a unique person of God and worthy of respect.
Pastoral care at St James’ is of the utmost importance to us to ensure the welfare of every child. The Senior Leadership Team, Emmaus Manager, Pastoral Managers, Mental Health and Wellbeing Officer, SENCO, Heads of Year, Form Tutors and the Attendance and Family Liaison Manager are all involved in the planning and delivery.
Every child joining St James’ becomes part of a tutor group. The Form Tutor will have an overview of the child’s academic progress, spiritual and social welfare. The Form Tutor will be your first point of contact and will be able to deal with the majority of your questions and concerns.
The Year team is led by a Head of Year and supported by our Emmaus Manager and Pastoral Managers. The team ensures a high level of contact with parents and carers and is there to support you and your child in any serious or urgent pastoral issues that may arise. It is essential that our pastoral staff are informed about any changes to health or changes in circumstances at home. In all matters of support and discipline, parents are involved at an early stage and are welcome to contact school whenever there is a concern.
Our Emmaus Manager and Pastoral Managers have non-teaching roles and are based in our Pastoral office, Emmaus. Pastoral support provides the link in the educational chain between home and school as they work closely with children throughout the school offering advice and support both in curricular and extracurricular time. In addition to this we also have a Safeguarding and Mental Health Coordinator who meets with specific children who need additional support for their mental health and wellbeing.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO) supervises our provision throughout the school with the support from external agencies including the Learning Support Service (LSS) from the Local Authority and other external support agencies. St James’ is designed to accommodate children with physical impairments and accordingly the school has no stairs and all areas of the school are accessible by wheelchair users.
Our SENCO is responsible for any children who may have medical needs. They work seamlessly with our admin member of staff for SEND and Pastoral to ensure that any children who have any medical needs are catered for in school time and also on school trips. The children also benefit from a part time school based nurse who meets with children who have been referred by our SENCO and/or Pastoral team.
The Pastoral Managers also work within our Damascus room where they work with our children and demonstrate one of our most important Catholic values of forgiveness. Within our inclusion room children are afforded the opportunity to reflect on decisions where they have made the wrong choices and have restorative conversations with other staff or children.
At St James’ we value the home school partnership and look forward to working closely together to ensure that your child succeeds.
Who to contact:
The Emmaus Team:
Emmaus Manager, who may direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person
Pastoral Manager, who can support with any pastoral concerns you may have
Safeguarding and Mental Health Coordinator, who will support with any safeguarding, wellbeing or mental health concerns
Attendance and Family Liaison Manager, who will support with any absences or requests for leave
- Mrs Taylor email@example.com
SENCO, who can support with any Special Educational Needs or medical needs that your child may have
- Miss Bickerton firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy SENCO, who can support with any Special Educational Needs or medical needs that your child may have
- Miss Wilde email@example.com
Heads of Year, who can support with any general concerns you may have about your child
- Head of Year 7 Ms Woods firstname.lastname@example.org
- Head of Year 7 Mr Reid email@example.com
- Head of Year 8 Mr Gallagher firstname.lastname@example.org
- Head of Year 9 Mrs Linford email@example.com
- Head of Year 10 Mr Cawley firstname.lastname@example.org
- Head of Year 11 Mrs Cheshire email@example.com
Deputy Headteacher for Pastoral, who can support with any safeguarding or pastoral concerns
- Dr Guscott firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour and Attitudes, who can support with any behavioural concerns
- Mr Maidment email@example.com