Pastoral and Family Support
Hereford Marches Federation of Academies has a pastoral team led by Mrs McColl who is always happy to speak to you regarding any concerns you may have.
From time to time families may need extra support which schools’ are now able to provide.
You may feel that your child would benefit from extra pastoral support in school in the form of group work or 1:1 sessions. We can offer a variety of support in school. If you think your child would benefit from some extra support please speak to the Federation school Deputy Head or your child’s class teacher. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Mrs McColl directly at Lord Scudamore Academy.
We have a Family Support Worker who can visit you at home if you wish and can offer support with behaviour, routines and boundaries, accessing other services, financial worries, housing concerns etc.
Lastly, we also have our own Education Welfare Officer who is available to support you with all issues regarding attendance. Our aim is to promote good attendance so that children can take advantage of all of the opportunities on offer. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about your child’s attendance.
We would also like to reassure you that we rarely share information with other agencies about your child without first speaking to you.
Even if we make the difficult decision that we need to speak to Social Care about your child we will always undertake to share our intention to do so with you unless we deem that to do so could put the child at greater risk of harm, or impede a criminal investigation.
We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances but we can only reassure you that we follow the procedures required by Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Mrs McColl is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Safeguarding Manager for the federation. All Deputy Heads in the federation schools are also trained to deal with any child protection issues. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McColl should you have a worry or concern regarding a child protection or safeguarding issue.
Designated Safeguarding Lead/Assistant Head – Jan McColl
Learning Mentor – Becky Millikin
Family Support Worker – Cheryl Ryder
Nuture Group/1:1 Support Worker – Ally Lewis
Education Welfare Officer – Karen Millington
School Council members are elected each term to reflect the views of each year group. Regular meetings are held and children are able to actively contribute to change and events within the school.
Children also have access to a number of adult counsellors to whom they can talk if they have a problem.