Parents & Carers

Pastoral Care at Greatwood

At Greatwood Community Primary and Nursery School we want everyone involved with our school to feel well supported. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each child. We aim to build trusting and empathic relationships with all our pupils and their families.

Our Inclusion Team is made up of 12 dedicated professionals. This includes our Headteacher, SENCo, full-time Pastoral Lead and a highly skilled number of associate staff members. Together our team works with students so they can lead fulfilling and balanced lives at school and beyond.

We have a wellbeing hub at Greatwood where Mrs Smith and Mrs Finch (our SENDCO) are based. 

All our staff model to students how to look after themselves and others; encouraging them to seek help, support or advice whenever they need it.

Pastoral care underpins personal development and we know from experience that with outstanding pastoral care, students feel they belong and their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for.

Supporting the pastoral needs of pupils and families sometimes involves working with external agencies. In these situations we ensure that a confidential, professional, non-judgemental and sensitive service is provided.

 Greatwood Community Primary and Nursery Pastoral Support

  • Range of academic interventions
  • Full time Pastoral Support for children and families
  • Team of highly skilled associate staff including behaviour specialists
  • Peer group work
  • Therapeutic workshops
  • Canine Concern therapy dog ‘Read2Dogs’ programme with Kate and Cerys every Wednesday afternoon
  • Referrals to Early Help
  • Food Bank Referrals
  • Pastoral peer group coffee mornings
  • Parenting courses
  • Pastoral support for Staff


Important links

Craven Early Help

Skipton Food Bank

SELFA Children's Charity

Compass Phoenix

All Things Therapy Skipton

Tips to help an anxious child

For Pupils:

  • An active pastoral team which children can be referred to or self-refer.
  • Robust NSAT trust inclusion team: SENCO, Pastoral Leader, Associate staff members, Therapy dog and sports coaches.
  • Open door policies for all pupils and families with the Headteacher
  • Staff CPD on how to provide a trauma informed environment
  • Nurturing environment where children are taught to speak to members of staff about any problems that they may have.
  • Rigorous behaviour monitoring- looking for the causes of the behaviour
  • Therapeutic and Safeguarding books
  • Students feel safe to report concerns about other pupils
  • Whole school approach to PSHE first thing on a Monday morning
  • Raising Aspirations programme delivered to Year 5/6 pupils
  • Canine Concern therapy dog, Cerys visits school weekly
  • School Eco-Rangers
  • Pupil voice for annual reviews and EHCP conversations
  • Secondary transition groups
  • Strong partnerships with parents

For Parents:

  • In house counselling service available
  • Full time pastoral support officer on site daily to help with any concerns a parent may have
  • Headteacher has an open door policy for parents
  • SENCO- non contact time is on a Thursday for meetings
  • Secondary transition work

Contact us:

If you require any further information about our Pastoral Care Team please contact Mrs Smith.

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