Christ Church Pellon C of e VC Primary School

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Pastoral Support

At Christ Church School we are lucky to have a Pastoral Support Team who are available to help out and support children in school!

The team includes:

Miss Coward

Pastoral Officer

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Morrill

Pastoral Assistant

At Christ Church Pellon we understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make a happy, successful school and home life a struggle. If you have worries or concerns about your child, you can always talk to their class teacher as they know your child and can work with you to address any issues.  However, for whatever reason, you might not feel able to or there may be other problems which parents/carers need some help with.  One of the roles of a Pastoral Team is to work closely with children and families who may be experiencing difficulties, this could be as simple as a misunderstanding with friends or it could be a more complex issue such as bereavement or a change in family circumstance. It may be that the support is needed for a short while or it could be a longer process. At Christ Church the emotional welfare of our pupils is of the greatest importance and having a dedicated Pastoral Team enables these issues to be given the time and care needed to be sensitively and compassionately worked through together. We seek to break down the barriers to learning and help you to deal with challenges in a positive way so that all children can be successful and make good progress.


We work with and support families in different ways:

- Listen and appreciate parents/carers issues and offer suggestions and advice for individuals and families on behaviour management, boundaries, routines and school attendance to name a few.  We can also refer and signpost to other services available within Calderdale

- We work with and support families during school transition, including newcomers and moving on to secondary.

- We work with families who are going through difficult times including relationship breakdown, bereavement, mental well-being and financial hardship. 

- In consultation with parents/carers the pastoral team can support children on a 1:1 basis, listening and working with them in different ways e.g. anger management and control,  school transitions,  development of pupil self-esteem and confidence, friendship issues, bullying and cyber bullying, family issues: bereavement, new baby in the family, parent’s separation or divorce. 


Would you like a friendly chat? Do you know where to go for any advice/support? Do you know what’s going in your area? Please contact Miss Coward to make an appointment on 01422 350792 option 2 or leave a message for them at the school office

Other useful websites and resources:

Here are links to other resources that can support children and families with emotional health and well-being:

EHWB Service offer for CYP in Claderdale

Open Minds in Calderdale is a fantastic new website available.

 If you are a young person, parent or carer in Calderdale this site is for you. It will help you with questions about emotional health and well being, showing you where you can find support.


Follow this link to the website



ChildLine runs a free, 24-hour phone, online and messaging service for children of all ages, and there are lots of useful self-help resources on their website which explains to children about how to keep safe

Follow this link to their website.


Stranger Danger Information


It’s not unusual for children and young people to sometimes feel anxious. But how do you know if anxiety is a problem for your child? It can be confusing. You might see some of these behaviors even when children don’t necessarily seem anxious. Please take a look at this poster to see some ways that anxiety may show up as something else.

Impact of childhood trauma

Childhood trauma occurs when a child experiences an actual or threatened negative event, series of events, or set of circumstances that cause emotional pain and overwhelm the child’s ability to cope. Childhood trauma is widespread and can take many forms. Common types of childhood trauma could be:

Generally, children’s reactions to trauma differ based on the nature of the trauma; the child’s individual, family, and neighbourhood characteristics; and the overall balance of risk and protective factors in their lives.

Parenting to prevent and heal ACEs

ACEs are Adverse Childhood Experiences and the term is used to describe stressful situations that children may experience; this includes domestic violence, drug and/or alcohol abuse, family mental health issues, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, separation, loss and imprisonment of a family member. This flyer shows how we can support our children who have experienced an adverse childhood experience.