Pastoral Support Team
The Pastoral Support Team at Kingfisher consists of six key staff that together provide a range of support and guidance for families. The team are overseen by Sue Caine, Head of School. Examples of the types of things the team have supported families in include:
- Personal budget information
- Finding Nursery/child care provisions
- Access to specialist organisations and support groups
- Referrals for support from external agencies
- Accessing health services
- Drop ins – designed to support, sign post your concerns and to make friends
- Parental workshops
- Administration (form filling)
- Enrichment activities
- Support with attendance
- Adult learning
Lynne Rogers – Pastoral Lead for Family Support, Safeguarding and Attendance
My name is Lynne Rogers and I am the Pastoral Lead for Family Support, Safeguarding and Attendance. My role is quite varied but ultimately I am here to support you and your family with any issues around your child. My role is to work with teachers and colleagues to provide a service to support children and their families to overcome barriers to learning, to raise their aspirations and achieve their full potential. These barriers could be internal or external to the school. I also supports school in its’ safeguarding procedures and in supporting children’s attendance.
- Supporting and signposting for parents and families to other services within Oldham
- Providing information and help accessing personal budgets
- Organising parent/carer workshops
- Supporting families with transitions in to and out of school
I work full year and I am available to speak with during the school holidays. I will regularly update this page regards to any annual leave within my scheduled work pattern. If you would like to come in and speak to me I am based in the Family and Community room (just inside of the main reception area), and am available throughout the school day; please feel free to pop in for a chat!
Vicky Montgomery – PPM Officer
My name is Vicky Montgomery and I am part of the Pastoral Team. I am the Personalised Planning Meeting Officer (PPM Officer) and part of my job is to facilitate and guide parents through their child’s Personalised Planning Meeting (PPM). Each child within school has an annual PPM which gives parents/carers an opportunity to celebrate the children’s learning and discuss what’s working well. It’s a time where we meet with the class teacher and other professionals to exchange strategies we use at school to facilitate learning and a time to share what you do at home. We review learning outcomes and update if necessary.
My role also sees me as a point of contact for families – I am able to offer support and signpost families to external agencies, support and advice which is available within Oldham.
It is extremely important to me to build positive relationships with families and work together to create the best outcomes for the children. In addition, I offer support for families to help to improve their wellbeing which includes running holistic workshops, coffee mornings, weekly walks and lots more. I also chair the Team Kingfisher parent subcommittee The Nest Group. Please contact me – I’m here to help and always love a chat.
Shamin Akhtar – Family Support Liaison Officer
My name is Shamin Akhtar and I am a Family Support Liaison Officer. I work in school one and half days a week and I primarily work with Urdu and Punjabi speaking families. My role is to develop and support home school links and this may include interpreting at meetings, translating letters, helping families to make informed choices as well as encouraging families to become more involved in school life.
Abdul Shahid – Family Support Liaison Officer
My name is Abdul Shahid and I am a Family Support Liaison Officer. I work in school half a day a week and I primarily work with Bangla speaking families. I support families from transition into school through to transition into secondary school. My role includes interpreting for families at meetings, translating letters, helping to make appointments as well as liaising with other agencies such as Housing on behalf of the families.
Together we can support you in many ways, these may include:-
- Listening to your concerns and offering help and advice for individuals and families
- Supporting with signposting for parents/families to other services which are available in Oldham
- Providing information and help accessing personal budgets
- Helping with administration tasks i.e. form filling and support around this process
- Helping to find child care/after school clubs
- Signposting to accessible after school and weekend activities
- Accessing specialist organisations and support groups
- Accessing Health Services
- Support with transition in to school
- Arranging drop ins – designed to support you and for you to meet other families
- Organising parent workshops
- Or just offering a friendly ear!!
Sally Thornley – Play Therapist
As part of the Pastoral Team, Sally’s role as Play Therapist is to help the children benefit from the teaching and learning that takes place in school. The Play Therapist’s referral system enables staff to identify individual children who may benefit from such an intervention. Support is also given to staff to develop strategies which may advance play skills within the classroom environment. When class staff have identified a child or group of children who may benefit from a Play Therapy intervention an action plan will be then be created in partnership with the Play Therapist. The action plan will identify the most appropriate intervention, intended outcomes and the impact it will have upon the child’s learning. Referrals may also be discussed with families as part of their child’s Personalised Planning Meeting. Written consent to work with your child is always required therefore your permission will be sought before any intervention commences.
Cath Croke – Moving and Care Leader
Cath Croke is the Moving and Care Leader and is part of the Pastoral Team. Anne Tomlinson supports this role and together they support the Moving and Handling of children across school to help staff to move them safely and as independently as possible.
Cath provides BMA Approved Paediatric Moving & Handling theory training for all staff, offering back care advice, advising on ergonomics and hands on practical training and advice for all Moving & Handling procedures.
We continue to work alongside colleagues from the Community Moving & Handling Team and Occupational Therapy services, in order to ensure the children and their families who need the support, get consistency through the Community Teams. This includes prescribed dynamic seating systems and slings so that the children can access their learning and be moved safely both in school and at home.
Cath has a dual role across school and is a trained Holistic Therapist providing bespoke therapy to children through a referral system. This helps the children in getting Ready for Learning. Staff across school are trained and supported by Cath in the safe and accurate approaches she uses. These are Yoga, Relaxation, Massage, MISP (Massage in Schools Programme), Aromatherapy, and Holistic Stories. Cath also leads across school on Animal Assisted Therapy and Companion Dog Scheme with her Norfolk Terrier Dog ‘Benji’.
Charlene Biggs – Health Care Support Assistant
Charlene Biggs is Kingfisher’s Health Care Support Assistant. Charlene supports classes with the administering of medication and any health queries. She also liaises with other healthcare professionals.