Reverend Les Isaac, founder and director of The Ascension Trust

He pioneered Street Pastors because of his belief in the Bible’s challenge to the church to be a catalyst for social action.

A School Pastor cares for and supports a ‘school community’. They promote safety and aim to reduce anti-social behaviour. School Pastor’s are there to listen, care and help young people to become good citizens.

Some of a school pastors responsibilities include:

  • To go on patrol at times and locations agreed with the school.
  • To listen, be observant and look out for young people that are vulnerable and respond accordingly.
  • To build links with school community – young people, parents, school crossing patrols etc.
  • To observe school pastor principles, health and safety guidelines and to only work within the remit of the role of a school pastor.
  • To be prayerfully aware of God’s direction and share that with your team.
  • Other duties, as requested by the school, e.g. mentoring, attending special events.

The role of the school pastor is also to work with pupils who are experiencing difficulties in some area of their school life. The school pastor will work with, build relationship and develop communication with pupils who are:

  • disruptive in class;
  • finding it difficult to participate/engage in classroom learning;
  • regularly being excluded from class;
  • on final warnings for exclusion from school;
  • presenting with a host of social issues.

The aim of the school pastor is to engage with the pupils, identify their concerns and, in liaison with their tutor, develop an individual learning and behavioural support package that will enable personal development and an enriched school experience.

Operating across the country

School Pastors teams are now operating in sixteen areas across the country, in secondary schools and in the post-16 sector. A number of new areas are at various stages of set-up or information gathering.

Become a School Pastor

Ruth Pike
City Praise Centre
School Pastor’s Co-ordinator
gravesham@schoolpastors.org.uk