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Christ Church CE Primary School

'Let your light shine' Matthew 5:16

Pastoral Support

Mental Health and Wellbeing



Pastoral Support & Welfare


All staff at Christ Church feel pastoral care is just as important as any academic or subject knowledge.  We believe that parents and carers are vital in supporting their children’s wellbeing and therefore their ability to access fully the education we offer.

We also know that there can be times in our lives when, for whatever reason, events happen that make this difficult.

We have a caring, knowledgeable pastoral team, who support both parents and children in many, many ways, to ensure that they can overcome hurdles and move on positively.

For the child, we are someone supportive to talk to, share successes with, or to provide help with difficulties or worries. We offer a 'safe' place and work with children to raise self-esteem, remove barriers to learning and thus allow children to reach their full potential.

For the parents/carers, we offer a listening ear, can share positive parenting skills, lend resources and, where needed, refer families to external agencies for more in-depth advice.


Some of the areas we can offer support to your family include:

Bereavement, loss and separation                  Routines at Home

Financial worries/uniform/food                       Anxiety and Mental Health

Low self-esteem                                        Healthy relationships

Diversity and Inclusion                            Domestic Abuse

Parenting when separated/divorce                 Young Carers

Online Safety                                                          Transitions between classes or schools        


 If your family needs support with wellbeing, Mrs Clarke (Deputy Headteacher) and Mrs Bagnall (Learning Mentor) will help. You can email them or  Tel:  01934 620 738 if you need to discuss worries or concerns.



Mrs Bagnall is our Learning Mentor and supports children across the school to overcome behavioural, social and emotional problems that are affecting their learning. 

​This will be achieved by:

  • Listening to children
  • Providing nurture
  • Providing emotional support
  • Working 1:1 or in small groups 
  • Meeting with parents or carers
  • Lunch Time Club
  • Theraplay programme
  • Supporting Emotional literacy
  • Helping maintain positive friendships and behaviour
  • Referring to additional services if needed


What are the benefits for pupils and families?

Improved motivation, Increased positive attitudes, Raised self-esteem, Mature speaking and listening skills, Increased confidence, Establishing and maintaining friendships, Reduced challenging behaviour, Empathy with less fortunate pupils, Developed social skills, Coping mechanisms for family traumas, Managing their own feelings successfully


These are all valuable life skills - which some pupils may need a little extra support to enhance them in line with their peer groups.  Some issues may require long term support whilst others may need short blocks of time or an isolated session. This work is in line with general support from the class teachers and our school values.

Below, are links to a number of charities and organisations that support young people with mental health and wellbeing.

Please click on the image to visit their websites and see how they can help:







Mental Well-being. For you, your children and all of us.


Welcome to our new page designed to offer a little help, a lot of encouragement and a huge acknowledgement of what a great job you are doing as parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles etc.


Each term we will focus on different aspects of mental health. This term’s focus will be ADD, also known as ADHD. (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).


But first, let’s start with some interesting facts about babies and their amazing brains!


Back to ADHD.

ADHD is not caused by

Brain injury.

Food allergies.

Lead poisoning.

Faulty neurotransmitters in the brain.

No single cause has been discovered. It is NOT anyone’s fault.

It is not naughty behaviour or bad parenting.


ADHD can be a stressed brain seeking to find connection and self-understanding.

ADHD is like standing in the middle of a crowded room, with everyone talking. Suddenly someone asks you, “what did that person over there just say?” (Scattered Minds. Gabor Maté.)


It is helpful to think about levels of stress that we all experience and how to bring those stress levels down if they are higher than we’d like.

Have a look at this chart.


We’ll explore this some more next time.