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St Francis Xavier


Being a small school, all of our children are known and cared for as individuals.

All adult members of the school community have high expectations of students with respect to their achievement and their behaviour.

All adult members of our school community are also concerned about the well being of all our young people.

Pastoral Support

The pastoral support for pupils in St Francis Xavier School is excellent.

Each student is a member of a form class. The Form Tutor is always the main contact that any student has in school. To build the sense of community within the form, pupils share a number of activities throughout the year: weekly quizzes, preparing for form assemblies and a shared charity that they raise funds for throughout the year. They also get involved in the preparation, delivery and participation of collective worship.

Should pupils have any concerns they should always refer them to their form tutor, for them to deal with initially. If for any reason, the Form Tutor cannot resolve the issue, then they will refer it to the Pastoral team, which includes a Pastoral Support Officer, Heads of Year in key stage 3 plus an Assistant and Director of learning for key stage 4.

The role of the Head of Year and Director of learning is to oversee the pastoral welfare of the students in their year groups and to have an overview of student learning. It is the role of the Head of Year and Director of Learning to be aware of any barriers to learning that a student may have and to ensure that relevant support is available to that child. The Head of Year and Director of Learning also has a deputised responsibility for safeguarding.

The size of our school, allows us to know each of our children personally. In turn, this allows us to offer the very highest standards of pastoral care and guidance for them.

In order to ensure that we can fully support all our pupils, whatever their needs, the school works in partnership with many other agencies that offer support to young people and their families at times when they may be struggling to cope alone.


Meet the Pastoral Team 

How to keep your child safe

Keeping your child safe at school is known as Safeguarding.
Our Child Protection policy details safeguarding in school. Our students know that, should they have a problem or a concern  in school then, they should speak to their form tutor or a member of the Pastoral Team.

Students are taught about internet and e-safety through the school curriculum, including PSHEE. We have safeguarding posters in all classrooms reminding students who they can speak to if they have any concerns or worries whilst they are at school.

Useful information about keeping your child safe: 


NSPCC  - www.nspcc.org.uk

CEOP    - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

Internet Matters    - http://www.internetmatters.org

Childnet –  www.childnet.com

Parents Protect – www.parentsprotect.co.uk 

Some of the main agencies we work with are:

  • The Healthy Child Team for Richmondshire - provide support, advice and intervention for  young people and children with their  health and wellbeing. The team consists of Sara Pringle who is the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) for Richmondshire, Michele Pearson and Carol Thompson are the Healthy Child Nurses and  Kirsty Hugill and Kerry Storey  are the team’s Assistant Practitioners; Helen Mcnaught is our screening technician. The contact details for the Healthy Child Team are: telephone: 01609 534298 or we can be contacted by email – hhc-tr.5-admin@nhs.net 

  • Young carers - Vicky Stapylton - victoria.stapylton@hrcarers.org.uk
    Young carers are people under the age of 18 who offer regular help to parents, grandparents or siblings. Young carers can have additional responsibilities and concerns and need to feel supported in school. If you have any queries regarding young carers contact Vicky.
    The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services offer support to children, young people and their families who are experiencing significant emotional difficulties or mental health issues. These can be accessed by a referral from your GP.
  • Compass Reach
    Compass Reach helps young people who are engaged in risk taking behaviour. Students can be referred to Compass Reach by the school.
  • Prevention Service
    The Prevention Service allows families in North Yorkshire to access a range of support to ensure their children are safe, happy and well. By providing timely and effective responses, North Yorkshire County Council can prevent difficulties escalating to CSC and other services.
  • Children's Social Care 
    Children Social Care offer access to trained social workers and targeted support for families who need more help.
  • Local schools’ Collaboration
    The local school's collaboration use connections between schools in the area to support the needs of students by accessing the provision of other local schools.
  • Service Pupils Champion - Nickie Young - Nickieyoung@northyorks.gov.uk 
    The Service Pupils Champion supports students with parents who are active or have been active in the armed forces.

Should you feel at any time that your family might benefit from the input of any of these outside agencies, then just contact your child’s Director of Learning and they will be able to advise you further.