Pastoral Care

We are aware of that some of our children and families will experience times that are difficult and will need a listening ear. Difficult times could be as a result of friendship issues, family life or pressures of school. Although it is all our jobs to listen to our children, we at St Mary’s feel that a trusted individual that they or their parents can go to for advice and support would be beneficial to us all. For this reason, Mrs Galloway, an experienced Occupational Therapist, Nurture group leader and Teaching Assistant will be employed as our Pastoral Lead. She will be able to offer a safe place where individuals are valued, listened to and supported to overcome any barriers to learning.

Mrs Galloway will be able to point families in the right direction for targeted support through external agencies such as BeeU (formerly CAMHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Shropshire Early Help (Strengthening Families, Mental Health and Wellbeing) and Autism West Midlands. Links for all websites can be found below. Shewill be sharing an office with Mrs Flood in the main reception area and will be available for confidential chats with you/you and your child most mornings by arrangement with the office. Mrs Galloway will be your first point of contact should you have any worries, concerns about your child’s non educational needs. She will then be able to follow up any discussions through nurture group activities and support for you and your child.

Mrs Galloway’s role includes:

· Helping children and families manage difficulties in their lives.
· Helping children and families to understand about being a good friend and co-operating with others.
· Raising children’s self esteem.
· Motivating children to be successful and achieve.
· Encouraging children to be more self-sufficient and independent.
· Listening to their views.
· Producing a plan of work towards agreed goals.
· Supporting children and families to organise their time and work in school and at home.

Barriers to learning may be:
· Negative emotions
· Low self confidence
· Difficult family circumstances
· Problems with friendships and relationships
· Worries and concerns about transferring from one key stage to another particularly primary to secondary school
· Worries about changes in their lives
· Difficulties with organisation

Mrs Galloway can offer support through:
· One to one mentoring sessions
· Focused group sessions
· Liaising with parents/carers and teachers to support pupil progress
· Shared, family conversations
· Extra help with transition at all levels
· Liaising with outside agencies
· Core group meetings

Useful websites for you to access:

Mrs Galloway will work with the children’s teachers to help them to enjoy their childhood and achieve, so that they are able to build on their learning for successful and happy futures.


If you need to talk to Mrs Galloway please call           01939 250323
or email



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