Pastoral Care



The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place” – Barbara De Angelis

Pastoral care permeates through the school and is at the centre of every decision. Below is a diagram which depicts the framework of the pastoral and mental health support, at Canbury school.


Positive Behaviour Support 

“As many architects will tell you, human behaviour changes according to the environment.”  Peter Gabriel  

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a framework for assessing and promoting behaviour change. It is the most up-to-date, effective and evidenced-based approach to supporting behaviour change, especially for those children with SEN.

PBS has been recommended in policy documents, NHS professional guidelines and NICE guidance.

At Canbury, the belief is that all students’ behaviour is communication and a sign of underdeveloped skills and/or an unmet need and that PBS is the appropriate, ethical and more effective way to manage challenging behaviours. It allows students to learn and adapt their behaviours to meet expectations in the classroom, while simultaneously teaching them how to make better choices in their path to adulthood.

 What do our students say? 

What’s the most useful thing that Canbury does to support your wellbeing?

“Understand the situation I am in and are willing to adapt to help me” 

“Having a few people to talk to when I have worries and concerns that I’m struggling with”

“Lunchtime clubs and house events. Also, someone is always available to talk to”


What three words would you use to describe mental health support at Canbury?

Supportive, Caring, Understanding

Understanding, Helpful, Adaptive 

Kind, Helpful, Considerate

Supportive, Caring, Nurturing

Good, Caring, Important

Important, Vital, Beneficial

Pastoral Care and Mental Health programme

  • Person Centred Approach
  • Application of evidence based psychological practices
  • Innovative and forward-thinking methods
  • Application of evidence-based best practice to understand behaviour and needs

Examples of frameworks that inform our practice

  • Year 7 and 8 Wellbeing curriculums, which include Zones of Regulation, Growth Mindset and Mindfulness (Stop-Breathe-Be)
  • DNA-V model (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for young people)
  • Mindfulness
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
  • Application of behaviour analytic principles


In 2021 the Canbury School saw the opening of a dedicated ‘Wellbeing hub’ which has quickly become a go-to destination for many students.

It is an area where students come to relax, socialise or collect their thoughts. Interventions also take place here, such as small social groups or talking therapies. It is a safe space where students can take a quiet moment or talk through things which are on your mind.