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Pastoral Care

At Francis Baily, we recognise that our pupils’ needs and concerns will often need to be dealt with sensitively and effectively. We take this responsibility very seriously and nurture a climate of trust, respect and confidence so our pupils feel they can seek support from teachers, support staff and indeed each other. All our pupils are primarily in the care of their class teacher who has responsibility for their well-being, but sometimes a child may need extra pastoral support.


Our pastoral staff work with children individually or in small groups during the school day. Their role is to provide support for our pupils who may be:

  • Experiencing emotional difficulties
  • Dealing with loss through separation, divorce and bereavement
  • Struggling with low self-esteem.


This approach has proved very effective in providing these children with strategies to cope with situations and the emotional difficulties that often accompany them. Parents who feel their child may need extra support/care for whatever reason should let their child’s class teacher know in the first instance.

Emotional Health Triage

Emotional Health Triage is a free service open to children and young people in West Berkshire who need support with emotional health difficulties. Referrals are usually made by family members, schools, GPs or other professionals.


Read the leaflet below for information about how ELSA works within Francis Baily.