School Pastors, like Street Pastors, is an initiative operated by The Ascension Trust, a national Christian charity, established in 2002. Revd Les Isaac, the founder and director of Ascension Trust, pioneered Street & School Pastors because of his belief in the Bible’s challenge to the Church to be a catalyst for social action.
School Pastors are Christians from local churches who are approved by a church minister who knows them well. They will agree to about 25 hours of training and an enhanced DBS check.
There is currently a team of seven volunteers from different churches working in Parkside School. We have a heart for working with young people, taking the time to listen, care and help where we can. We aim to support the school community by providing an additional adult presence at times when children may feel vulnerable. For example, we have supported children during lesson times and we are available at break times to minimise episodes of anti-social behaviour. At the moment we are socialising and chatting with years 7 and 8 during a lunchtime club which runs every Monday and Friday. We are also invited by the school to be involved in special assemblies, for example year end assemblies and Christmas. We also aim to be involved at other special events throughout the year, for example summer fetes and parents evenings.
Parkside is one of the most improved schools in the county measured on GCSE results over the last 2 years. Parkside does not have a sixth form and many children are dropping out of further education after school simply because they are not prepared for the change. Over the last 2 terms we have had one to one discussions with approximately 80 children to discuss options after Parkside and to encourage them to reach their full potential.
If you are interested in finding out more you can:-
- Have a chat with one of the School Pastors at St John’s – John or Judith Kelly or Kate Field (or contact the church office on 01246 566205 who will give you contact details)