Patrick Pritchett

Within the philosophy and culture at Evendons, we believe that a holistic approach is significant in enabling any child to thrive and flourish in their Primary education.

It is known that emotional imbalance of any nature, can impact on a child’s behaviour. This in turn, can affect their ability to reach a full potential through learning. For this reason we have developed a Pastoral provision that seeks to support the social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing of each child in our care.

In overseeing this support resource, I act as an extension to the natural pastoral role of the class teacher. This work responds to the class teachers as and when they require additional support for a child encountering any emotional disruption to their school day. It is available throughout the school day to engage with children in supporting them with challenging circumstances that they may be facing either at school or at home. These can vary considerably from friendship problems to bereavement; transition in and out of school, to house and school moves; being equipped with appropriate social skills to self-esteem building.

The Pastoral Care work has close links with SEN in supporting vulnerable children with emotional literacy and the appropriate management of emotions. The Pastoral Care room, adjacent to the school office, offers a place of calm within a busy day for children who require some sensory respite.

In addition to this, the work around smooth transition is of immeasurable value to the well-being of the children in our care. For many it can mean the difference between a positive and negative experience of their Primary education. The Pastoral Care resource supports children through all areas of transition – when joining the school, during the school day, moving from year to year, and when the time comes for them to leave Evendons.