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From time to time things happen at home and in school, where you may feel like you need some extra help, someone to talk to
Here are some ways to get that help!

how do we offer pastoral support?

We have produced a short set of slides and information booklet to help explain how we offer pastoral support to our pupils and families:



Our Learning and Wellbeing Mentors

     Caroline                                                 Shelagh

 Mrs Wyatt (Key Stage 2 Learning and Wellbeing Mentor)                       Mrs Finn (Key Stage 1 Learning and Wellbeing Mentor)


It is always a priority for us to do all we can to make children's school experience a positive and happy one. There will, however, inevitably be times when some children will encounter difficulties and need extra support. Whether this be due to circumstances at home or within school, we encourage children to share with us any worries they have. It is also quite common for parents/carers to approach us to discuss concerns they have about some aspect of their child's well-being.

In many cases, the class teacher or teaching assistant are able to offer the support needed. When a more individual, longer term level of intervention is needed, we have a full-time Learning and Wellbeing Mentor in KS2, Mrs. Wyatt and a part time Learning and Wellbeing Mentor in KS1, Mrs. Finn, to support this. Their roles are to support children with any emotional, personal or social issues they may have, or indeed anything that could be a barrier to learning. They also promote positive behaviour and encourage good attendance. In circumstances where it has been identified there is a need for some additional support, Mrs. Wyatt or Mrs. Finn will take individuals or small groups of children away from class for a short period of time on a weekly basis. Sometimes this will just be giving the children a little time and space to talk, share any worries or be offered some encouragement and guidance. In other cases, there will be an ongoing programme of support.

Mrs. Wyatt and Mrs. Finn will also liaise with parents and carers, and they are always very willing to make themselves available to talk to anyone who is concerned about their child's welfare. They can also help to signpost to outside agencies who may be able to help further. 

Our work as Learning and Wellbeing Mentors could include:

  • Life changing events such as bereavement or family changes
  • Big or little worries - someone outside the family to talk to - giving children a voice
  • Self-esteem, confidence building and resilience
  • Managing, normalising and regulating big feelings
  • Anxious thoughts and those finding coming to school a bit tricky
  • Restorative conferencing to support friendship and relationship difficulties
  • Group work focussing on one issue eg social/friendship skills
  • Transitions between key stages and to TGS, pupils transferring to Riverside
  • Drop in system for incidental worries
  • Nurturing using Eco Schools topics and utilising our amazing outdoor spaces
  • Safeguarding
  • Sleep support (Mrs. Finn)
  • Exploring issues and feelings through play and stories (Mrs. Finn)
  • Dyslexic tendencies and literacy differences, alongside self-esteem (Mrs. Wyatt)

Parental permission will always be obtained prior to any regular mentoring work taking place with your child and confidentiality will be maintained throughout. Please complete the referral form if you have concerns and return it to the school office (marked confidential and F.A.O. Mrs. Deakin (as Inclusion Manager) or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Mrs. Deakin will signpost to the support we can offer.

Parental referral form





‘If you are worried about anything, it could be something big or something small - don't bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone. If there is something on your mind, ChildLine is here for you.’

Read more: ChildLine

Anti-bullying Charter

As a school we have been working hard on our Anti-Bullying Charter. See below for a link to our actual Charter.

Bullying in ANY form is unacceptable – it has to stop.

Read more: Anti-bullying Charter



Transition is carefully planned for all children whether they are moving from our Early Years unit to Key stage 1, Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, moving into the area from another school or making the leap to secondary school. Regardless of circumstances we hold meetings with previous teachers/schools to handover information and discuss individual children and their needs. Their Individual Provision Maps (for children with SEND) are passed on to either the next teacher or school.  This documents all the interventions that have taken place in their current or previous primary schools along with other information such as interests and current trgets. Some children will also have extra visits to their new setting in order for them to become familiar with the routines of the day and to help them settle more easily.  They may also spend time with our Learning Mentors to help prepare for these changes as some children find this time of year very difficult. 

For children transitioning to secondary school once a place has been confirmed then meetings will take place between the current school staff who know the child well and the SENCO from the secondary school to discuss how the transition for the child will take place to ensure a smooth and relaxed transition occurs.  In some cases an enhanced transition may be necessary.  This means that additional visits to the secondary school may take place.


Paper Copies

If you would like paper copies of any of the information, policies etc contained on this site then please get in touch. Copies will be provided free of charge.

If you would like the information contained in this website in another language or format such as Braille, large print or audio, please get in touch.

Contact Us

General queries to:
Mrs J Coates/Mrs J Kavanagh/Mrs V Scoot/Mrs Bain-Mackay - School Administrators
Mrs S Borradaile - School Business Manager

sampleTel:  01937 832 899

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Wetherby Road, Tadcaster
North Yorkshire LS24 9JN


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