Pastoral Care

“Family” has always been central to life at Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School from the date the school was founded in 1589. The value of a supportive Christian family has been fundamental to the way pupils and staff relate to each other.

The high quality of Pastoral Care is central to our ethos at Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School; it underpins everything that we do and along with a high quality of teaching and learning; it is what our community is all about.

We aim to provide high quality pastoral care throughout the school.  Mrs Lushey, our SENCO, supported by Ms Smith our Nurture Teaching Assistant work to ensure pupils are holistically supported.  We also have a dedicated team of Teaching Assistants who support our pupils through emotional literacy within the class setting.


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Mrs Lushey (SENCO) Ms Smith (Nurture Teaching Asssitant)

Our Pastoral aims include:

  • Being a school where the well-being of everyone is the prime concern of each member of our community
  • Supporting a learning community in which children and adults can realize their full potential
  • Providing a safe, stimulating and enriching environment where everyone is valued.
  • Encouraging pupils to grow up to be responsible, active members of their community
  • To provide a service that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life
  • To help children address social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs
  • To maintain an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment
  • To reassure parents/carers that their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment
  • To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect upon our core values (Compassion, Peace and Service)
  • Promoting regular attendance and good behaviour as pre-conditions for maintaining high standards of achievement
  • Each child being encouraged to develop his/her own individuality whilst learning also that personal freedom involves responsibility to others
  • Promoting a values-based PSHCE curriculum which helps to give a firm moral basis in these times when so many attitudes, beliefs and ethics are questioned
  • Providing equal opportunities for all pupils regardless of ability, religion, race, culture or gender
  • Encouraging respect, tolerance and understanding between all members of our community
  • A clear understanding that effort, kindness and good manners will be valued
  • Developing an understanding of being responsible for oneself
  • Fostering the kind of community where everyone helps each other and looks after our environment
  • To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils


It is not possible for any written text to reflect the quality of life in a particular school. Many visitors comment on the friendliness of people at Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School and on the respectful, yet purposeful relationships which exist between staff and pupils.

We work in conjunction with our partnership and secondary schools to help pupils at Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School achieve their best, educationally, socially and emotionally and be prepared for life.

By the time pupils leave us in Year 6 we aim to have equipped them with self-confidence, the ability to problem-solve, an awareness of their own feelings and those of others, and enough self-control and self-discipline to manage effectively the transition to Secondary education and life after school.


The role of the SENCO / Nurture Teaching Assistant

  • To support and work alongside parents in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their child’s learning and development
  • To work with staff in ensuring good pupil support and build upon the caring and respectful relationships that exist between staff, pupils and families
  • To provide specialist counselling to support individual children; listening and talking to children who may need support in a variety of pastoral issues, for example, self-esteem and confidence, bereavement, managing feelings, anxieties/worries, separation and developing social and friendships skills
  • Responding to situations as they arise within school
  • Meeting with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their child
  • To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support


The role of the Nurture Teaching Assistant

Our Nurture Teaching Assistant is a member of staff who is trained to support children in the development of their emotional literacy.  Our fantastic Nurture Teaching Assistant at Christopher Rawlins CE Primary School is Ms Smith who works alongside the other teaching assistants in school.


What is emotional literacy?      


  • Understanding and coping with the feelings of ourselves and others
  • Developing high self-esteem and positive interactions with others
  • Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning.


How does the Emotional Literacy Support work?


  • Sessions (usually 10-20 minutes) can be individual or in small groups and tailored to the child’s individual needs
  • Sessions are fun and might include role-play, puppets, board games, art and craft, therapeutic or social stories and of course time to talk
  • A pupil’s progress is reviewed on a half-termly basis to monitor developments and identify further required avenues for support
Some of the areas the Nurture Teaching Assistant may work on:


  • Recognising emotions
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills
  • Friendship skills
  • Anger management
  • Loss and bereavement.





  • Any child in the school can ask to speak to the Nurture Teaching Assistant or any of our Teachers/Teaching Assistants if they have a problem or a worry at school or at home.
  • All pupils in school, in additional to their class teacher have a pastoral member of staff, a named adult that they meets with them 6 times a year and monitors their progress (academic and social/emotional) through the year



If you have a pastoral concern regarding your child then you can phone the school, speak to your child’s class teacher or make appointment to see Mrs Lushey via the school office.  Contact details are on the website.


School staff

Pastoral concern forms can be completed and then a meeting with the pupil will be arranged depending on particular needs.


If you are worried or have a problem the following websites may be of help.



All staff in school hold current Disclosure Barring Service Certificates and have completed Childcare Declaration Forms. The school has a Child Protection Policy, drawn up by the Staff and the Governors in the light of advice from the Department of Education and the North Area Child Protection Team. This policy is reviewed on an annual basis.

The safety and welfare of each child is our paramount responsibility.

Safeguarding Governor: Mr Stuart Phipps

Safeguarding Staff: Mr. Phil Goldsworthy (Headteacher) and Mrs Sandra Lushey (SENCO)