Meet our Pastoral Team
My name is Julie Cutler and I am the school’s Pastoral Manager. I have worked at Thorpe Primary school for ten years and have been involved in supporting children and families in Leeds for more than twenty years. I can offer families advice and support through Early help interventions in school to address concerns including behaviour, attendance, SEND and safeguarding.
I can be contacted on the school number 0113 5217040 or by email on email@example.com.
My name is Melissa Chadwick and I work in school as a Learning Mentor on Thursdays and Fridays. I have been at Thorpe for the last 6 years and I have worked in mental health for over 20 years.
I work closely with the children supporting their emotional and behavioural needs and I am currently working towards becoming a qualified children's counsellor.
What do the Pastoral Team do?
We work across school from Nursery to Year 6, supporting children with their emotional, social and behavioural learning. We provide 1:1 sessions, group sessions and support during break and lunch times. We work with children for different reasons so the help we offer depends on the need of the child, but includes:
- Listening to children and discussing anything that is worrying them
- Helping to raise a child’s confidence and self esteem
- Developing emotional literacy
- Developing coping strategies and emotions management
- Building resilience
- Encouraging children to do their best in school and setting targets
- Increasing motivation
- Developing social skills and helping to manage friendship issues.
Another important part of the pastoral team’s role is to provide support and information for parents and carers. We have information on a range of issues, agencies and support services and we can give advice and support in accessing these different services, as well as referring to other agencies that can offer more specialist support if needed.
We are not class based, so we are available to discuss any concerns you may have at times when a teacher may not be available.
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What is a Learning Mentor?
A Learning Mentor helps to support children in school to overcome any difficulties that might be stopping them from engaging in school and with their learning.
Why do children work with a Learning Mentor?
Children benefit from the opportunity to talk to an adult other than a parent/carer or a teacher, someone who is not directly involved in their everyday lives. Common reasons for us to work with children range from: friendship issues, boosting self-esteem and confidence, promoting positive behaviour, developing appropriate social skills, understanding and managing emotions and supporting a child through life events and challenges both in and out of school.
Who can refer to a Learning Mentor?
Teachers, school staff, parents/carers and children themselves can ask for Learning Mentor support. The pastoral team will then decide what this support will look like and make contact with the family.
If you have any concerns about your child in or out of school or would like to have a chat with the pastoral team about what we can offer, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
How long will my child see a Learning Mentor?
It depends on each child. Children come for as many sessions as they need ranging from one or two sessions, to more long term mentoring that could last a term. The work is reviewed regularly to see if it is still required.