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Pastoral Lead/Family Support Worker

Meet the team:





Hello, My name is Jo James and I am the Pastoral Lead here at Earl Spencer Primary.

I have worked with children and families for many years in both Primary and Secondary Schools, I have also worked for the behaviour service and am a qualified counsellor.


Hello, My name is Leanne Russell and I am Family Support Worker here at school working alongside Mrs Jo James. 

I have worked in the early years for over 10 years and in parent/family support role in both Primary and Secondary Schools.


We both have knowledge and experience of supporting families with a wide range of issues such as: parenting, housing, finances, relationship breakdowns, routines, attendance/lateness and social/emotional issues.


Our role:


Our main role is to support the parents, carers and families here at Earl Spencer, encouraging a positive home-school link. We will help you and school to work together in supporting your family and your child/children so they can achieve their full potential in all aspects of school and home life.


We are here to help with any difficulties - however big or small. If you have a worry or concern feel free to come and chat to one of us and we will do our best to support you. 


Earl Spencer Primary School believe that early help builds strong families, we are therefore here to support families who may require help from other agencies by working together through an Early Help Assessment. This is a tool which identifies areas of need, and looks at who can support the family so they can work together as soon as a problem begins to emerge and prevent problems from escalating. 


School Closure and Emotional well-being


This is obviously an extremely worrying time for all of us. Despite school being closed to the majority of our families, staff are still in school every day. Jo is in school Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and can be contacted at all times via phone or email. If you have any worries or concerns you may like to share or just need a little chat - send me a message and I will get back to you.


Tel: 07568320074


If you need any help with food supplies again give me a call or send me a message and I will see what support I can offer.

Please take care and stay safe.

Below are some useful links which may support yourself and your family and friends:

Where to find us:


Jo is based at school most days from 8.00am - 3.30pm. You can catch Jo before or after school or pop into the school office.

Leanne is based in school most days from 8.30am - 3.00pm

You can contact us on 751130. If we are not available we will call you back ASAP.


Ladies only Keep Fit:

Every Monday morning 9.30 - 10.30 in the school hall. This is a free low-impact class concentrating on 'bums and tums' using kettle bells. Please speak to Jo James for more information or just come along and join in!


School Uniform:

We have a large selection of second hand uniform available to buy priced at £1 per item. Please see Jo for more information.

If you have any good quality unwanted uniform we are always grateful for any donations.


Parent Courses

Throughout the year we hold various free courses and regular coffee mornings - please keep an eye out on the Monday news for more information or speak to Leanne or Jo

Coming up soon is the MacMillan Coffee Morning on Friday 27th September. Please come along to enjoy cakes, coffee, games and raffle. Any donations are greatly received.

We have an Emergency first aid course for parents on 26th September 9.15-11.15 which leads to a certified Paediatric First Aid course which is three sessions starting on 10th October 9.15-11.15. Please see Jo or Leanne to sign up for this course - places are limited.



Food Parcels/Food Bank

If you require a food bank pin code or would like an emergency food parcel please speak to Jo or Leanne and we can arrange this