Pastoral Care

At Rodmarton Primary School, we are committed to developing the ‘whole child’. Alongside the academic development, we support the child’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Effective pastoral care underpins children’s personal development and prepares a seamless transition to secondary school.

Through outstanding pastoral care, children at Rodmarton recognise they are valued and cared for, raising their self-esteem, resilience and confidence.

Working alongside parents and carers, we ensure all children make good progress in their personal development by nurturing each child’s individual needs..

Our Pastoral offering consists of the following services:

  • ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant): Miss Withey has received specialist training from Educational Psychologists and participates in ongoing group supervision. The ELSA role is to support children with emotional literacy, positive mental health, social skills and emotional wellbeing. Miss Withey delivers bespoke interventions for children in need, developed in collaboration with parents.
  • Trauma-Informed Practice: Mrs Jessop is our Trauma-informed trained staff member. It refers to an approach that acknowledges the prevalence of trauma in individuals’ lives and seeks to create safe and supportive spaces. By adopting trauma-informed practices, we aim to promote resilience, understanding, and empowerment among pupils.
  • Nurture Groups: We have focused, short-term nurture intervention for children struggling with social and emotional difficulties. Working in groups, we develop positive pupil relationships with both teachers and peers in a supportive environment.
  • Shift Wellbeing Ambassador: Mrs Thorogood is a qualified Shift Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. Sessions support children and adults with breath work, guided relaxation, mindfulness, intention setting, and adapting yoga for an educational environment.
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing: Mr Smith is the qualified Mental Health Lead at school. Opportunities for the children to learn about mental wellbeing in embedded in our PSHE curriculum. We enhance this with the My Happy Mind programme (see info below)  to help create a positive mental wellbeing culture in which children build resilience, self-esteem, and character.
If you have any queries regarding Pastoral Support, please email us or call us on 01285 841284.

Role of the Parent Support Advisor

Hello, I am Mrs Jessop, and I am the Parental Support Advisor at Rodmarton. My role is to help you with any concerns or worries you have regarding your children or home circumstances. I understand that being a parent can be challenging, and I am here to support you in any way possible. Seeking help is a responsible way of ensuring your children’s wellbeing, and we encourage you to reach out for friendly and non-judgemental support.

  • As a Parent Support Advisor, I can support you with:
    School attendance; daily routines at home; behaviour; homework; IT safety, transition to Primary/Secondary School; signposting to other agencies that may be able to offer you and your family support; family support: separation/divorce, bereavement, moving home, financial difficulties; be a link for good relations and effective dialogue between yourself and teachers about your child/ren’s progress.
  • You are welcome to schedule a meeting with me at a mutually convenient time to discuss any concerns or queries you may have.
  • After the meeting, I will follow up with an email outlining our discussion and the next steps. Conversations are confidential, but we may ask you for your permission to share information with school staff or other relevant agencies.
  • I will work with you to put actionable steps in place, and if outside agency involvement is required, I will be with you for support throughout.
  • To make an appointment, please email me or call 01285 841284 and ask for Mrs Jessop.

My Happy Mind

My Happy Mind, endorsed by the NHS, uses the latest research, science, and technology to help children develop lifelong habits and learn to thrive. It is taught across the whole school in weekly sessions and consists of 5 units:

Meet Your Brain
Understanding how your brain works and how to ensure we look after it so that we can manage our emotions and be at our best. Growth mindset is a key part of this too.
Understanding your unique character strengths and learning to celebrate them. This is a fantastic module for building self esteem.
Understanding why gratitude matters and how you can develop gratitude as a habit. Gratitude is key to wellbeing and resilience and we’re all about making it a habit!
Understanding why positive relationships matter and how to build them. We’re focussed on the building blocks of good relationships and friendships.
Understanding how to set meaningful goals that matter and how to keep resilient in times of challenge. This module is all about building self esteem and resilience too.