Pastoral Care

We want everyone in our school community to feel well supported. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each child and their family. We aim to build trusting and empathic relationships with all our pupils, their families and the wider community. 

Our Pastoral Team work together with pupils, so they can lead fulfilling lives at school and beyond. All our staff model to students how to look after themselves and others;encouraging them to seek help, support or advice whenever they need it. Pastoral care underpins personal development and we know from experience that with outstanding pastoral care, students feel they belong, and their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for.  The Pastoral Support Team are a 'one-stop shop' to advise, support and signpost parents for any difficulties that may arise at anytime, such as financial issues, housing, secondary applications or the need for food parcels.

Supporting the pastoral needs of some pupils and families sometimes involves working with external agencies. In these situations we ensure that a confidential, professional, non-judgemental and sensitive service is provided.   

Laurance Haines School was the first school in the UK to receive the National Nurturing School Award. It is in recognition of the excellent work that goes on in the whole school to support the children's social, emotional and mental health development, and it embeds the six principles of nurture throughout the whole school. We also proud to have a Quality Marked Majorie Boxall Nurture Group which is deemed an outstanding provision to support KS1 children's social, emotional and mental health. It is a successful early intervention to ensure children have a positive start to school life. 

Our Pastoral Team is lead by Pastoral Lead Nicola Furey.

About Nicola:

I have been at LHS for over 20 years, my 2 daughters attended the school and it holds a special place in my heart.  I had a previous life in the corporate world before finding my love of education through volunteering in nursery when my eldest child started school, 27 years ago.  I have held many roles during my time, as a one to one assistant, teaching assistant, nursery nurse, then nurture leader to my current role as the Pastoral Lead. Throughout my school career I have been supported and championed by many inspirational staff and leaders, who encouraged me back to adult education to achieve my nursery nursing qualification and then my degree in Early Years Education in my 40’s. I have seen the school flourish, moving in a direction which embraces a nurturing approach that is therapeutic and understanding of children’s social, emotional and mental health, this has expanded as the Inclusive MAT has grown. I feel lucky to be part of a wider pastoral team with Alison and Jenny. I am tenacious in my determination to ensure we develop young people, whatever their starting point to be as best prepared and ready for their next steps. Whatever their future may hold, I want them to remember staff at Laurance Haines listened, helped, nurtured and cared about them. They are our future and they deserve ‘a better future’.

Helpful Information

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