Pastoral Support

Welcome to Holland Park’s Pastoral Team 

‘At Holland Park Primary School, we believe that every child should enjoy their education and be happy, healthy and safe at school. We will value our children for their individuality, culture and heritage.’

We are extremely proud of the pastoral support we offer all of our children and families and believe that this support is incredibly important in order to enable all of our amazing pupils to fulfil their potential and overcome any barriers to their learning.

Our experienced and dedicated Pastoral Team play an integral part in ensuring all pupils are ready to learn as well as supporting them to develop key life skills such as resilience and empathy.

All of this work is completed within our nurturing environment and we work with a number of key agencies and delivery partners to ensure we meet the wide range of challenges that our children and families face.

Meet the Pastoral Team

Sarah Edwards

Pupil Behaviour and Well-being Lead

Nurture UK Practitioner

Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aider


Designated Teacher for LAC

Lisa Penn

Family Liaison Worker

Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aider

Young Carer Lead


Angela Hope

Learning Mentor

Nurture UK Practitioner

Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aider


The role of the Pastoral Team

  • To support and work alongside parents in addressing pastoral concerns impacting on their child’s learning and development.
  • To work with staff in ensuring good pupil support and build upon the caring and respectful relationships that exist between staff, pupils and families.
  • To provide support for individual children; listening and talking to children who may need support in a variety of pastoral issues, for example, self-esteem and confidence, bereavement, managing feelings, anxieties/worries, separation and developing social and friendships skills.
  • Responding to situations as they arise within school.
  • Meeting with parents/carers to discuss issues relating to their child.
  • To ‘signpost’ families to outside services for appropriate provision and support.

What support can I get from the Pastoral Team?

Often it may be that parents want to talk about concerns they have about their child, but support can be offered in many different ways to help you in your role as parents.

Here are just some of the ways we have been able to help families:

  • Making phone calls on your behalf
  • Help with filling in forms for housing/benefit applications etc
  • Help with applying for secondary school places
  • Giving a listening ear when parents just need to talk
  • Attending meetings with parents
  • Pointing you in the right direction for specialist help and support
  • Referrals to outside agencies

Within the school setting, we help the children with:

  • Friendship issues
  • Family breakdown
  • Unstable or difficult family circumstances
  • Changes in home life
  • The loss of a loved one
  • Controlling emotions
  • Social skills
  • Self-esteem or confidence issues
  • Worries or concerns about transferring from primary to secondary school
  • Anything else causing a child to worry

At Holland Park Primary School, we are proud of our nurturing and trauma perceptive approach to our pupils.

  • Morning Nurture for children who are struggling to come in to school
  • Lunchtime activities
  • Lunchtime drop ins for our young carers
  • Afternoon Nurture sessions run by our trained Nurture UK Practitioners

The Pastoral Team are on the playground in the morning and afternoon. If you have a pastoral concern please come and have a chat with us or call the school office and ask for one of the team.

Here are some of the ways we support social, emotional and mental wellbeing in school:

  • ELSA Therapy sessions
  • Fidget toys, sensory baskets
  • Incredible Five Point Scale/Zones of Regulation
  • Nurture provision – morning, lunchtime and afternoon sessions
  • Forest schools nurture groups
  • Colchester united interventions & presentations
  • WARMs workshops for children & parents
  • Multi Schools Council workshops and programmes for children & parents
  • Wellbeing Hub 
  • Young Carer drop in sessions & lunch provision
  • Coastal School parent & child ‘Wild Well Being’ sessions with Essex Wildlife Trust
  • Referrals to specialists – eg; WARMS, Paeds, EP, IP, CAMHS
  • Child & Family Well Being Service – small group interventions (on site) for understanding healthy relationships/ building friendships
  • Student Social Worker – small group and 1:1 work
  • Self esteem pilot programme with Multi Schools Council Lead
  • Parkers Garden Centre – outdoor well being group in school
  • Evolve Intervention counselling for bereavement (1:1)
  • Affinity Programme (1:1 on site weekly sessions for those at risk of exclusion)

Key Agencies and Delivery Partners

  • Multi Schools Council
  • Colchester United FITC
  • WARMs 
  • Essex Wildlife Trust
  • Child & Family Well Being Service
  • Parkers Garden Centre 
  • Evolve Intervention 
  • Affinity Program