Our Home-School Link Service is an integral part of the school’s pastoral care provision. The service provides students with the opportunity to talk through things which may be interrupting their learning.
The Home-School Link Worker, Mrs Sanderson: firstname.lastname@example.org, is fully trained and can provide solutions to issues that students find challenging. Her email offers a confidential messaging service for students, parents and staff.
The service provides:
- Parenting support across the Partnership
The Home-School Link Worker is available to offer support to families needing assistance across the Burford Partnership of Schools, which is made up of the nine feeder primary schools.
- Support for families through primary to secondary school transition
Individual support is available for those families who feel that the transition phase is of particular concern. This starts by meeting the family whilst the child is at primary school and then providing regular support and interventions as they move through into secondary.
- 1 to 1 and group counselling for all Year 7 – 13 students
This takes place throughout the day with minimal disruption to lessons. Students may approach the Home-School Link Worker directly for appointments or referrals can be made on their behalf by Heads of Year, Form Tutors or the Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral).
Families are encouraged to contact the Home-School Link Worker if they feel that their son/daughter would benefit from the opportunity to discuss issues with an independent listener and this can be extended to working with the whole family.
- Lunchtime Nurture Group support
These sessions enable groups of students to address and explore underlying anxieties. This may be anything from the transition between primary and secondary school to resolving matters of conflict or bullying.
- ‘The House’
‘The House’ is a safe, non-academic environment open each break and lunchtime for any student who wants some quiet time or the chance to chat. There are pool tables, table football and a wide selection of games available. ‘The House’ is supervised by the Home-School Link Worker with assistance from Sixth Form mentors.
- Sixth Form Mentors
Mentors are assigned to each Year 7 Tutor Group and go into these groups on a regular basis to offer both academic and pastoral support. They are responsible for group work within their respective forms and help supervise ‘The House’ during break and lunch.
- Links with External Agencies
Burford School, in conjunction with the Witney Hub, holds a 12 week parenting course to help parents and guardians develop practical parenting skills and build positive relationships with their offspring.