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Pastoral Support

What is Support Base at Kings Ash Academy?

The Support Base is a place where children’s emotional, social and mental health needs are addressed within a caring, supportive environment in order to develop their learning skills.

The Support Base is situated at the far end of the school and consists of 2 small classrooms and a relaxation room, which have been equipped and furnished to create a warm, engaging and creative space where children can relax and learn.

There are 5 members of staff based in the Oasis Centre who are all highly qualified to work with children with additional needs. The Oasis Centre staff work with up to 70 children a week, with some children getting intensive support and others a “light touch”.

Children who struggle at lunch and break times are also catered for in the Oasis Centre during these times.

Some Children may attend Support Base every morning and remain active members of their class in the afternoon. These children’s behavior has either prevented others in their class from learning or hampered their own learning. At Kings Ash Academy, we recognise that not all children are able to manage the demands of mainstream class and some require additional support.

Sessions in Support Base address developmental interruptions in the children’s emotional, social and mental health needs. The curriculum is designed to support pupils to reintegrate into their classes more successfully by developing listening skills, social skills, relaxation and learning skills.

Who is Support Base for?


  • Who struggle with skills such as sharing, turn-taking and listening.
  • Who struggle to concentrate in a large busy classroom.
  • Who are unhappy or withdrawn and find it difficult to talk about their feelings.
  • Who have experienced a bereavement or loss.
  • Whose behaviour is disrupting the learning of others or is an obstacle to their own learning.
  • Who struggle to control their temper and / or have poor impulse control.

How long will my child attend Support Base for?

The majority of children will have individual or group sessions once or twice weekly. A few of the children who attend the Support Base, may benefit from an 8 or 12 week programme and their progress will be monitored weekly with the Support Base staff, Pastoral Care Manager and the SENDCO.

A Thrive Assessment will inform relational responses and activities to support the child’s developmental needs. The child’s progress will determine when the child is ready to reintegrate fully into class.

Who’s who in Support Base?

Miss Rider – Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Meal Time Supervisor.

Mrs De Rosa – Pastoral Teaching Assistant.

Mrs Johnson – Pastoral Teaching Assistant

Mrs Distin – Pastoral Teaching Assistant

Miss Barry – Pastoral Teaching Assistant – (Thrive Practitioner) Teaching in the Oasis Centre.

Mrs Kidd – Pastoral Teaching Assistant – (Thrive Practitioner) Teaching in the Oasis Centre.

How will I know how my child is getting on in Support Base?

The staff in the Support Base will have regular meetings with you to discuss your child’s progress, and you will be invited to complete a questionnaire before and after the intervention.

You may also be invited for a parents “play” session where you will be able to talk to the staff about your child’s progress and observe the staff and your child working together.

A Thrive “Home” action plan will be shared with you in certain circumstances.

Quotes from children attending Support Base:

“There are loads of adults to talk to when you’re feeling upset”.

“It calms me down”

“I have people to talk to when I am feeling angry”

“It’s great because people listen to you when you’re sad”