Pastoral Care

Early Help

The purpose of early help is to prevent issues and problems, often minor at their inception, becoming serious and harmful to the child, the family and the community. When children and families need this extra support they often need it quickly. Provision of early help or support can be at all stages of a child’s school life. By acting quickly and confidentially we are usually able to assist the child in their rebuilding of self confidence and their coping mechanisms, to aid reconciliation of broken relationships, guiding pupils to make confident choices.

I am here to listen. I can help you with any concerns you may have in relation to your child's education and behaviour or personal relationships.

Making contact

I am the Pastoral Lead, Matthew Medhurst and am generally in school from 8.20 until 4.00pm . I can be available during lunch breaks and after school by arrangement. Please call the school office: 01242 512837 or email me: matthew.medhurst@airthrie-school.co.uk to make an appointment.

Other Information associated with Early Help

E-safety: is a key part of the ongoing (PSHE/Computing) curriculum.

Helpful websites for teaching staff & parents:

Universal source of help for all families in Gloucestershire:

Gloucestershire Family Information Service (FIS) Gloucestershire Family Information Service (FIS) advisors give impartial information on childcare, finances, parenting & education. FIS are a useful source of information for parents & professionals. They support families, children & young people aged 0-19 years of age (25 for young people with additional needs) & professionals working with these families. They can help link parents up with other organisations that might be able to help or provide the information themselves e.g. parents could ask them about holiday clubs for your children across Gloucestershire.

Contact the FIS by emailing: familyinfo@gloucestershire.gov.uk Teresa Brown (Early Help coordinator for Cheltenham)

Or telephone 01452 328160, FIS also have a website which has a wealth of information to support many issues such as childcare & support for children with disabilities: https://www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk/kb5/gloucs/glosfamilies/home.page

Gloucestershire Safeguarding Partnership website: http://www.gscb.org.uk

Important information for parents & professionals across Gloucestershire in relation to keeping children safe & avenues of support including early help options

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