Pastoral Support

Ofsted –

“The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding. Students have excellent understanding of how to keep themselves safe”

“every child is known well and treated as an individual.”

“Students believe that the ‘school family’ extends into the local community and that this helps them to behave responsibly and to keep themselves safe when not at school.”

Dioceses of Arundel and Brighton – 

“It is an outstanding Catholic community in which every member of the school community is valued
and is treated with dignity and respect in a culture focused on holistic sense of aspiration”

“It is not enough to love the young, they must know that they are loved” – St John Bosco

Here at St Oscar Romero we want all students to reach their God-given potential. The Pastoral Department is here to support you and your family. The pastoral care is something that we pride ourselves on at St Oscar Romero’s. We use our pastoral care in order to deliver an excellence in all for all and from all. Here at St Oscar Romero we have develop a gold standard of pastoral care in which extends from our school straight into our local community where we support our local community in ensuring that everyone has the opportunity develop.
We recognise at St Oscar Romero’s that communication is one of our greatest tools to support our students and their families. In order to ensure that we as a school stay committed to working with our families we send home key pastoral up-dates through our weekly head of year bulletins. We also as a pastoral department release a termly support booklet in which offers advice and support. There are currently lots of charities and organisations out there that offer amazing support to families and young people with that in mind and our pastoral booklet offers contacts, tips, numbers and apps to try and summarise the best support out there for our families. Our latest pastoral booklets can be seen Here.


At St Oscar Romero’s Catholic school we recognise that the welfare of the child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.

  • The protection of children is given the highest priority.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:
  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s mental and physical health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Mr Bell. We have 2 members of staff who are deputy Safeguarding Leads, Mrs Flatman and Mrs Trussler, Mr Byrne is our safeguarding lead teacher. At St Oscar Romero’s we believe that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play.
The Governing Body and Senior leaders ensure that St Oscar Romero’s safeguards and promotes the welfare of pupils and works together with other agencies to ensure that our school has a gold standard approach to identifying, assessing and supporting those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm.

Keeping Children Safe in education 2019
Safeguarding during Covid-19
Anti-bullying policy
Educating for personal relationships policy
Mental Health and Well-being policy

Ofsted “The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding. Students are taught how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations, including use of the internet and social media.”

The Safeguarding Team at St Oscar Romero Catholic School

Meet the Pastoral Team

Head of Pastoral/Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr S Bell : Assistant Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead / Teacher of Science

Mr S Bell

Assistant Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead / Teacher of Science

Pastoral Managers/Deputy Safeguarding Leads

Mrs V Flatman : Senior Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs V Flatman

Senior Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs A Trussler : Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs A Trussler

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mr P Byrne : Headteacher

Mr P Byrne



Work Experience and Enrichment Coordinator

Mr P Dean – [email protected]

PSHE / Anti-bullying Coordinator

Miss F Brunner – [email protected]

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

Mrs L Benson – [email protected]

School Attendance Officer

Mrs N Wilby – [email protected]

Additional support in the community

Every now and then we all need a little extra help and support. The following list is of organisations that can help and support you and your family with particular reference to supporting mental health and wellbeing

  1. Coastal mind – online crisis prevention service https://www.Westsussexmind.Org/news/news/covid-
  2. CALM www.Thecalmzone.Net/help/webchat/ – 5pm ‘til midnight every day – the campaign against living miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide
  3. Young minds text YM to 85258 – if you are experiencing a mental health crisis and in need of support, the young minds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support
  4. Worthing support hub  https://www.Westsussexmind.Org/mental-health-support/worthing-support-hub
  5. Pathfinders – is also based at the corner house https://www.Pathfinderwestsussex.Org.Uk/
  6. Mood juice – www.Moodjuice.Scot.Nhs.Uk free CBT printable workbooks to help with a number of difficulties – low mood, anxiety, shyness, PTSD, sleep problems etc.
  7. The blurt foundation -www.Blurtitoout.Org/resource/self-care-info A gigantic hug in a box; packed
    full of products to nourish, inspire and encourage self-care.
  8. Students against depression – www.Studentsagainstdepression.Org provides you with a calm
    environment and the resources to help you find a way forward
  9. Childline – https://www.Childline.Org.Uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-
  10. CEOP police – report any nude images of any description https://www.Ceop.Police.Uk/safety-centre
  11. Childlnet international – whether you’re puzzled by parental controls or would like to get
    knowledgeable about gaming. Https://www.Childnet.Com/parents-and-carers
  12. Grass roots prevention ( suicide prevention based in brighton ) – https://www.Prevent-
  13. Anxiety UK –,  Anxiety UK is a national charity aiming to support everyone affected by anxiety
  14. No Panic – No Panic is a charity which helps people who experience any kind of anxiety disorder.

Further Useful numbers that students and their families can use

  1. Samaritans text – 07725 909090 / call – 116123
  2. Papyrus HOPE line (Mon – Fri 10am-10pm 0800 068 41 41, 2pm-10pm weekends and bank holidays 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786209697 or email [email protected]
  3. Sussex Mental Health line (Mon-Fri 5pm to 9am, 24hrs weekends and bank holidays) 0300 5000 101
  4. NHS Chat health – here you can chat with a school through a text messaging service their details are Text 07480635424/ 07480635423 or go to the link the following link
  5. NHS out of hours 111 or call 999 if it is an emergency
  6. Young Minds – Text YM to 85258 – If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and in need of support, the Young Minds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support
  7. Give us a shout – text service – https://www.Giveusashout.Org simply text – shout to – 8525