Alfred Street Junior
Junior School

Telephone: 01933 353762

Wellbeing and the pastoral care of our children is at the centre of everything we do at Alfred Street. On this page you will find information about the pastoral support available in school.

Learning Mentor

Our Learning Mentor, Mrs Bunker, works within our school to help children and families with any difficulties they may be experiencing. They are here to listen, offer support and practical advice.

The role of the Learning Mentor is to build confidence, raise self-esteem, build resilience and motivation, improve social skills, form relationships with friends, family and staff, improve attendance and punctuality, remove barriers to learning as well as help children achieve their potential.

Our Learning Mentor works with individuals, groups of children, teachers, other members of staff, parents/carers and external agencies. These are some of the strategies that the Learning mentors use:

  • 1:1 mentoring sessions to discuss problems and address how these may be overcome
  • Individual sessions focusing on particular issues such as behaviour, bullying, attendance etc
  • Group activities - focusing on specific areas, such as resilience, self-esteem, friendships etc
  • Liaise with parents and other agencies where necessary
  • Support with improving attendance

Discovery Base

The Discovery Base at Alfred Street is our Pastoral Base in school. It is a warm and welcoming room where children can spend part of their lunchtime as well as take part in our wide range of pastoral interventions. It is also where our Inclusion Manager, Mrs Appleby, and our Learning Mentor, Mrs Bunker are based.

Within the Discovery Base there are areas for children to further develop their social skills eg  playing board games; as well as a quiet area with comfortable beanbags where children can enjoy time to share a wide range of books. Many have helpful themes such as sharing, friendships and managing stronger emotions. Displays in the Discovery Base focus on providing helpful advice to our children and celebrate their achievements.

Our space tent is a popular choice at lunchtime. It is home to our collection of furry friends who support our children in learning more about supporting their own wellbeing.

Emotion Coaching

We understand that all behaviour is a form of communication and children need to learn to understand and manage their emotions in order to self-regulate effectively for life, not only in school but also in society. Emotion Coaching is our whole school approach to teach children about their emotions and how to regulate them. This in turn leads to improved behaviour.

The four steps are:

  • Recognising the child’s feelings and empathising with them
  • Labelling and validating the feelings
  • Limit Setting – this includes stating that whilst we understand their emotions at the time, certain behaviours are still not acceptable. Hence upholding our high expectations
  • Problem Solving - this will be part of restorative practice and will include next steps.

Pastoral Interventions

We recognise that in addition to our weekly PSHE lessons, some of our pupils may benefit from some small group/1:1 pastoral interventions focused on specific areas to support their understanding, knowledge and skills of themes such as :

  • Friendships
  • Emotions
  • Managing stronger emotions
  • Self Esteem
  • Developing social skills

Further interventions include: Drawing and Talking; Protective Behaviours and Social Conversations.

If we feel your children would benefit from attending one of these interventions, we will inform parents/carers of this. We work together with parents to ensure that any strategies learned in pastoral sessions are shared with parents/carers so if they wish, they can discuss them and/ or encourage their child to use them, when relevant, at home.

Supporting Wellbeing in the classroom

Each of our classrooms has a wellbeing basket. They include a range of resources such as ear defenders, fidget toys, sensory objects and prompts to support children with their learning.

Lunch club

Lunch club is run by Mrs Appleby and Mrs Maple.  At ASJS we ensure that all children have the support they may need to have an enjoyable and successful lunchtime, ready to start afternoon learning promptly.  Lunch club is an important part of this where children eat together, after which they have the opportunity to play games developing and /or jigsaws  - developing their social skills or complete arts and crafts activities. Free choice Friday is where lego and the mini football/pool table make an appearance!  All children also have time on the playground. Lunch time is roughly split into thirds with 20 minutes spent on each of the following: eating; playing and time on the playground.

Having fun at Lunch Club