"Ashmead provides its children with two everlasting things, one is roots and the other wings."
We take the wellbeing of our children seriously and do our very best to provide a positive and caring environment in which they can thrive. We want them all to be successful and a happy positive outlook is central to this. However, we accept we all have our bad days and at times we all need someone to talk to.
The school has a very supportive, nurturing ethos and we encourage all children to talk if there is something bothering them. Equally, we hope parents will not feel isolated if they too need support. The school itself may not be able to help directly with all problems, but through a network of strong links with other agencies and support services it is a good starting point to share and tackle a problem.
Marcus Pickover is the coordinator for pastoral care at the school and is also the designated person responsible for child protection; he is supported in this role by Mike Pearse.
The school also offers the support of a trained counsellor, Mrs Anita Holder. Many of you will know Mrs Holder as teacher in Reception, but she is also a trained counsellor and offers support to children each Wednesday. Referrals for this support can be made either via Marcus Pickover or one of the two SEND coordinators - Mrs Charlotte Bennett (Early Years & KS1) or Mrs Jay (KS2).
Below are some of the policies associated with this aspect of school life and a number of useful links. If parents want to talk about anything covered here they are encourage to contact Marcus or Mike via the school office.