St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

Mrs Amanda Cross

01993 841240

Pastoral Care

Welcome to our pastoral care page.  It is vital, especially during this very difficult time, that we are mindful of how the current situation can impact on our staff, parents and pupils and we hope that this page may help to signpost you to great websites along with sharing ideas and activities to support everyone!

Mental Health and Wellbeing is a high priority for St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, as well as offering Nurturing and 1:1 pastoral support, we also benefit from staff trained in Mental Health First Aid. 

We have recently trained an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) to further support the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and to offer support to their families and we are incredibly proud of this achievement.  The role of an ELSA is to support children's mental health by providing tailored interventions that focus on particular issues such as self-esteem, anger management and attachment and resilience.

ELSA's are trained in psychological approaches to working with children as well as therapeutic techniques including social stories and the use of puppets.  ELSA training is facilitated by the Educational Psychology Service and ELSA's attend regular supervision with this agency.

We strongly believe  in the equality for all people of all gender identities, races, religious beliefs and disabilities - we know that all families are different but are all accepted within our school community.

Parent comments- Why would you recommend our school to other parents? (March 2021):

Good organisation, good communication and good one to one with children if needed.

Excellent pastoral support. Friendly and approachable members of staff. Caring feeling to the school.

Yes, fewer pupils in the classrooms overall. The pupils are well behaved, have exemplary character and values.

It is a very caring school community where every child is nurtured and supported to achieve their full potential. Our child has learned to appreciate their very own talents and is challenged and encouraged to work hard on the areas where they could still improve.

My child loves it! The staff are very friendly and genuinely care about every child.


Link to Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Parent letter below

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UK Mental Health Awareness Week 10th-16th May


We have signed up for this challenge during Mental Health Week

Please click on the link below to donate



To find out more click here


Child Mental Health First Aider - Ms Hannah Stone  (certificate)

Adult Mental Health First Aider - Mrs Lisa Smith (certificate)

ELSA - Mrs Sarah Pratley 

With less than a month to go until Children’s Mental Health Week 2021, Place2Be has teamed up with BAFTA Kids and Oak National Academy to create a free assembly on the theme of Express Yourself.

The assembly will be available to all schools and families at 9am on Monday 1 February – and will feature pupils and well-known faces discussing the theme of Children’s Mental Health Week, as well as ways that children and young people can get involved at home. It will be hosted by Blue Peter’s Lindsey Russell and CBBC Presenter and Place2Be Champion Rhys Stephenson.

As the majority of pupils are now at home, the assembly will provide an easy way to bring the nation's children together (virtually) with a positive message about the power of creative self-expression. Famous faces and contributors will also be taking part live from their homes.

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Inside Out Day during Children's Mental Health Week 3rd February 2021

Wear an item of clothing inside out!

Inside Out Day during Children’s Mental Health Week is an awareness campaign that aims to enable young people to start talking about their mental health.

How someone looks on the outside doesn’t necessarily reflect how they are truly feeling on the inside, so it is important to always be kind and think of others. 

Turn your clothes inside out to get important conversations started. No one should be embarrassed about how they feel.

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Young Minds 'Hello Yellow Day' 9/10/2020

Thank you for your kind donations!

Mental Health/Wellbeing Ambassadors 2021!

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St Joseph's is a Rainbow School with 2 trained facilitators who will help to support pupils through the bereavement process:

Mrs Kim Quinn

Mrs Ami Archer

Please click here for our Bereavement Policy

Wellbeing Questionnaire Feb 2021

In our recent survey of our Upper Key Stage 2 Pupils 42% of them said they had trouble sleeping.  Please click on the link below to find some great ideas to form a good routine for sleeping


Useful Websites contd...

We’ve got tips on gaining confidence, blasting anxiety and general life stuff from the people who’ve been there. Remember, we’re in this thing called life together! (copied from the Rise Above Website)

Young Minds

How to support your friend when they confide in you...

Sometimes, when your friend talks to you about how they are feeling it can be difficult to know what to do to help them.  Click on the link below to find out more!


Breaking News...

One of  our pupils has a fundraising page and was hoping to raise £500 to help highlight awareness of Mental Health and the importance of exercising!  He has so far SMASHED his own target which currently stands at £723 pounds.  If you would like to support Jayden here is the link to his page!

UPDATE:  Jayden is now over £1,800 keep going Jayden we are so proud of you!!!

This week Jayden walked through Carterton with the Mayor and councillors from Carterton Town Council!  

Here is what Jayden had to say!

' I am raising money for mental health because it is a big part of life especially in the times that we are in, I have been inspired by all the good work I have been seen done by #walkingsbrilliant team. 
Exercising is a simple way to relieve stress and boost your energy and mood, I would like to reach out and raise awareness to as many people as I can and also reach the 100km for the month of February by walking every day.'
Jayden's story is gaining momentum he was in the Oxford Mail this week - check out his story here!
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