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.

  • Positive non-judgemental role-models
  • Support and create an enriched schooling experience for students
  • Additional pastoral support for schools
  • The provision of a reassuring presence for the general public and shopkeepers
  • Reduced levels of anti-social behaviour
  • The opportunity to provide additional services, such as breakfast clubs, mentoring, assemblies and PSHE lessons.

Operating across the country

There are now over 250 individuals working across more than 25 locations to enhance the safety and emotional and social well-being of students.

Currently there are over 29 school/college partnerships.

Become a School Pastor

Help us create impact in the school and college community.

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