Holy Family Student Support Workers (SSW’s) have an important role to play and provide significant benefits to our school. They offer pastoral care throughout the school to support our pupils develop effective coping skills and resilience.

They support our pupils and help them build positive relationships both in our school community and out in the community and within their family units.

As a pastoral team within school our SSW’s work closely with Heads of years/form tutors/teachers/parents and carers, as well as external agencies constantly ensuring our pupils get the correct support package for their individual needs.

Our dedicated SSW’s work with pupils on a one to one basis or in small groups to raise aspirations and ensure all our pupils have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Student Support Workers have no teaching commitment, so they are available to deal with issues as and when they arise.

Our pupils’ safety and emotional wellbeing is paramount. We want to help your child/children come to school to achieve and will endeavour to help them get the most out of school.

Some of the areas our SSW’s are able to offer support with are:

  • Self-esteem/ confidence building.
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Exam Stress
  • Organisational skills
  • Social Skills
  • Friendship issues
  • Bereavement
  • Home life/upset
  • Family breakdowns/EHP
  • Mental Health/Therapy
  • Aspirations

The team consist of an Inclusion Manager who will oversee what support will be needed to get the best possible outcome for your child.

The POD base will house three support workers who will be available to support your child’s needs when referred into a pastoral system.

An attendance/welfare officer will be available to support home visits re –attendance and welfare issues

An attendance admin officer will be available (first response) to your calls regarding any issues you may have if your child is not available for school due to illness/safeguarding and welfare concerns.

We as a team have a wealth of experience in dealing with any issues you may have and work closely with external agencies to ensure we can meet your child’s needs.

External Agency Support

We have a host of agencies who support the school and its families:

  • CAMHS
  • Therapist/Male/Female
  • School Health/Nurse
  • Social Care
  • Family Support Workers
  • Young Carers
  • Bereavement Support
  • LGBT Support
  • Careers Support

We endeavour to make sure we can support all families in the community and offer bespoke support in order to meet the family’s needs.

In order to offer support your first point of contact will need to be with your child’s progress leader who will be on hand to facilitate your request and will refer your child to the POD base for a 6 week intervention plan.

This plan will consist of 1 hourly weekly support sessions which may include support of the school nurse or therapist. As a parent you will be updated on a weekly basis via a phone call.

The POD Team consist of a:

Mrs McKean Inclusion Manager
Mrs Kelly Attendance and Welfare
Mrs Bradley Attendance Officer
Mrs Ormesher Student Support Worker (POD Base)
Mrs Lipson Student Support Worker (POD Base)
Miss Johnson Student Support Worker (POD Base)

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