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Pastoral Support

Mr Farmer is the Pastoral Support Leader (PSL) and he is there to support YOU or your FAMILY in any way he can.  The Pastoral Support Leader is there for anybody to:

  • Listen.
  • Offer support.
  • Promote positive behaviour.
  • Identify barriers to learning and support needed to reduce these.
  • Offer support and encouragement, build confidence and self-esteem and promote positive emotional and mental well-being.
  • Signpost support available for families from professionals, agencies and groups within our local community.

Email -          Tel – 01753644471        Put a worry in a worry box

If there is a time you feel you need to talk or share how you feel or have been worrying about something to do with you, a friend or a member of your family then there are lots of ways you can ask for support from us all here at school.

  • Talk to your teacher or Mr Farmer
  • Put a worry in your class worry box. (put your name on it )
  • Email Mr Farmer if you would rather.   (
  • Talk with a member of your family if you can.

This applies to all your adults at home too.  If there is something you need some help or advice with concerning your child or just life then please don’t hesitate to make contact.

Sometimes it can seem the scariest of things to ask for help but it is always the right thing to do. 

There are times when we all need a little help.  Maybe we just need a chance to talk or just to be able to share with someone how we feel.  Or maybe we want somebody to help us solve an issue that has been worrying us or that we have been thinking about for a while.  This is where our Pastoral Support Team can be there to support or help you or a member of your family.

At St Mary’s Farnham Royal we want everybody who is part of our school community to feel they are doing and being the best they can be, giving their all and striving for personal success in all things. This is the same for not only you as pupils but also for the adults that work in school and for your adults at home.  But to be able to do and be the best that you can, you need to feel the best that you can and there are times when we all need some help and support to feel the best that we can.  This is where the Pastoral Support Team aim to help.

So who are the Pastoral Support Team? 

Well actually every adult working at school helps to make up part of the Pastoral Support Team at SMFR. We all work together to ensure you all feel safe, cared for, have someone to talk to and can share worries or issues you have. These could be about you or about someone you care about.

Who does the Pastoral Support Leader work with?

  • Individual or groups of children.
  • Teachers and other members of staff.
  • Parents and Carers.
  • External agencies that can support children or families such as Social Services, Local Authority Agencies, Health professionals, the Police, Local support groups and housing agencies.

Helpful Resources

Here are some resources that you may find useful for understanding your own well-being as well as that of your family or friends. If you would like to know more or want further support regarding any of these please do contact Mr Farmer. 

Support for Families

Mental Health and Well-Being Support offered in Slough 

This very useful booklet outlines what support is available for all ages in Slough from a variety of agencies that can help with any Mental Health or Well-Being issue.  

Here are some general guides and information packs that may be useful. 

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters is Public Health England’s first national mental health campaign. The Every Mind Matters tool includes self-care actions and signposts to free NHS and partner approved mental health resources. It will create a tailored plan to help you:

  • Deal with stress
  • Boost your mood
  • Improve your sleep
  • Feel more in control

 For more information or to start your own personal plan visit the Every Mind Matters website by clicking the link below the following video clip.

Every Mind Matters

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Talking Mental Health

Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health in the classroom and beyond.

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York St John University - Perfectionism

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Digital Well-Being

Our overall well-being is determined by the physical and emotional experiences we have on a daily basis. As technology continues to be such a huge part of our lives, from the way we represent who we are to the interactions we have with others, it too has an impact on our well-being. This is often referred to as your 'digital well-being' or 'online wellness.'

It is essentially about having an awareness of how being online can make us feel and looking after ourselves and others when online. This can include recognising the impact being online can have on our emotions, mental well-being and even on our physical health and knowing what to do if something goes wrong.     Follow the link below to find out more: