Pastoral Support 

At Southfield Primary we aim to provide the highest quality pastoral support throughout the school. We work in partnership with the Thrive Approach to support pupils at Southfield achieve their best, educationally, socially and emotionally. You can visit our Thrive page for further information.

Our vision states “Together we will nurture your mind, spirit and emotions to enable you to take your place in the global world”

Meet our Pastoral Team

Nicola O'Hanlon

Pastoral Manager/Mental Health First Aider/Parenting Practitioner

Mrs Burkill

Learning Mentor and Thrive Practitioner

Mrs Kent

PSHE lead and Thrive Practitioner

Mrs Pollard

Senior Midday Supervisor and Thrive Practitioner


Attendance officer

The aims of pastoral support at Southfield:

·        To provide support that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life.

·        To support children to 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 their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment.

·        To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect upon our Southfield values

·        Respect

·        Love

·        Honesty

·        Happiness

·        Kindness

·        Trust

·        Integrity

·        Tolerance

·        Resilience

·        Effort

·        To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.


The role of the Pastoral Support Team:

·        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.

·     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 friendship 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, to liaise with and refer children to the With Me in Mind service (link to page) 



·        Pupils – any child in the school can ask to speak to our Pastoral Support Team or class teacher if they have a problem or a worry at school or at home. They can do this by either approaching the team or by asking a member of staff. A suitable time will then be arranged to meet.

Pupils - can talk to pupil well-being champions at play time or lunch time if they are feeling lonely or worried about something. 

·        Parents/carers – if you have a pastoral concern regarding your child then you can phone the school, speak to your child’s class teacher or make an appointment to see Nic O’Hanlon either via the school office or directly on 07805033231. Alternatively you can email: nicola.o’

·        School staff – a Cpom incident will be logged detailing the concern, a member of the pastoral team will respond with an appropriate action