Thorpe Primary School

Where we all can shine

0113 5217040

Dolphin Lane, Thorpe, Wakefield,
West Yorkshire, WF3 3DG

Meet our Pastoral Team

My name is Julie Cutler and I am the school’s Pastoral Manager.  I have worked supporting families and children in primary schools for almost 18 years.

My name is Lucy Driver and I am a Learning Mentor in school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For 14 years prior to becoming a Learning Mentor, I worked with children of all ages with emotional and behavioural difficulties and their families.

My name is Melissa Chadwick and I provide pastoral support in school every day until 1.30pm. I have been supporting families for the last 13 years and working in schools for the last 4 years.

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.


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.