Pastoral Support Team
Jessica King, Julie Gumbs and Michelle Connell work together as our Pastoral Support Team. They provide a range of services to support children and their families:
- Counselling – for children and parents
- Behaviour for Learning strategies
- Nurture groups
- Protective Behaviours
- Art therapy (see note below)
- Non-directive play therapy
- Lego therapy
- Circle Time
- Resilience training
- Parenting courses
- Social and welfare support
The team can access external agencies, arrange meetings and work alongside families to reach a good outcome. They work with children in school to help them access all aspects of school life; learning, social, play and achieving greater emotional resilience.
Art therapy uses many forms of arts such as clay, sand tray, movement, body, music, puppets, poetry and art as a form of expression and communication. It helps children to explore and address any emotional issues which may be difficult or distressing for them. Art therapy takes place in the Lilac room, which is a safe space for the children to share how they are feeling, whether it is a difficulty or something to celebrate! It provides the children with opportunity to explore their emotions and empathise with the emotions of others. Jessica King, Learning and Pastoral Support.
Please click on the link below to read an overview of therapeutic interventions and strategies