Pastoral Support

Pastoral Support at Ocean Academy

Mrs Simpson is our Pastoral Care Leader and her role is to support parents and families to positively face any challenges that may come their way.  She is in school every day and can offer advice, a listening ear or arrange professional support where necessary.  Mrs Simpson will periodically add relevant links, advice and outside agency connections to the newsletter and website and we hope they will be a useful reference.

A letter from Mrs Simpson

Dear All

School is regularly sent website links from the Borough/government drawing people’s attention to different support that we can all access.

The links raise awareness to issues that people find difficult to talk about and or find difficult to know where to get support.

Please click this link here for raising awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships.

The information is clear, concise and with video clips to help us understand this behaviour and where we can get help.  Please take a minute to look and spread the word if you are concerned  about yourself or your nearest and dearest.  You can also refer to Poole Family Information Directory and the website is filled with advice and parent information.

Poole Family Information Directory is also a good place to access for help during the holidays.

Please follow Holiday and Activities and Food Programme (HAF). This has been set up by BCP Council it has been awarded funding by the Department for Education (DfE) to support the provision of free holiday activity places for children and young people aged 5 to 16 receiving benefits-based free school meals. The name of the programme is the holiday activities and food programme (HAF). A successful pilot programme ran over the Easter 2021 holiday and ther is going support now through this programme..

You can also access  Activities and short breaks for children with SEN. A range of leisure activities are available in the local area for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

For any families who need additional support for food and utilities due to the pandemic this continues to be available through the Citizens Advice Bureau or telephone 01202 081732.


Kind Regards

Mrs Simpson


Dr. Mine Conkbayir, is an award-winning early years author, trainer and consultant. She has designed this app to help parents, foster carers, childminders, early years practitioners and teachers to access FREE, quick and effective ways to help young children and teenagers to better manage their emotions and ultimately support their mental health and well-being.

The tools are provided by early years professionals, mindfulness experts, parents and foster carers – each of whom feature in this app.

Tools and Resources


More resources that maybe of support;

How To Sleep Better

Time for Us

Tips For Returning To School

I’m worried about my child’s eating habits

NHS-Mental Health Support and signposting for children



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