Pastoral Support

What is Pastoral Support?

The New Horizons Pastoral Team gives direct emotional, social, behavioural and mental health support to all students and families as well as providing specific information, advice and guidance. Working collaboratively with parents and referring schools is fundamental to our approach.

We work in close partnership with a range of key services including: Social Care, Family Outreach Team, Warrington Safeguarding Children Board, The Police, CAMHS, Complex Families and the NHS, in order to safeguard our children from any form of harm.

What do the team do?

Our aim is to identify any concerns or issues at the earliest possible opportunity and remove any barriers to learning which may be preventing our students from reaching their potential.

We pride ourselves in knowing our young people well and working alongside the teaching and support staff we aim to develop positive relationships with them and their families. We respond as quickly as possible to any issues and ensure that difficulties are discussed and resolved in the best possible way.

The Pastoral Team at New Horizons play a key role in the following:

  • Receiving referrals from school.
  • Visiting young people at home and at their dual registered school.
  • Guiding young people and families through their induction to the school.
  • Developing emotional resilience.
  • Improving and encouraging attendance.
  • Promoting positive and pro-social behaviour.
  • Referring to key services and completing CAF’s.
  • Safeguarding and Multi-agency working.
  • Advocating for young people and their families.
  • Helping and supporting young people transition to their next destination.

Who delivers Pastoral Support?

The Pastoral Support Team is comprised of Andrew Bennett – Pastoral, Admissions and Safeguarding Lead (Longbarn) and Jan Bellian – Pastoral Manager (Cedar Centre). The team is also supported by Paul Beckett – Director of Student and School Services. Paul also leads the school’s Key Stage 4 “Redwood” provision. We also work closely with our police officer, PC Jim Day who is based at New Horizons each Tuesday.

The team have amassed extensive experience of supporting vulnerable and ‘at risk’ children and families through previous roles with agencies such as: Women’s refuge centres, Social Care, The Youth Offending Service, The Youth Service, Residential Care Homes, Mainstream Education and Vocational Training Providers.

How New Horizons AP meets Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

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