We are looking forward to seeing lots of parents and carers at our reading stay and play session this Friday (26th May). Please come into school through the front entrance from 1.20pm onwards for a 1.30pm start.
Home Page

Clarendon Infant School




Welcome to Clarendon Infant School




Wellbeing and Pastoral Support

Welcome to the Wellbeing and Pastoral Support Web Page


Here at Clarendon Infant School we believe it is really important to support children's wellbeing, and ensure that children feel safe and valued. We achieve this through all of our staff and children sharing our caring ethos based upon Pride - Respect - Success.  Our friendly and caring Pastoral Team support us with this.

The team includes...


  Mrs Skelly (Pastoral Support Lead) 

     Mrs Hobbs (ELSA, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)


If you feel like you are struggling, please do not feel alone, we are here to help:

You can contact our Pastoral Team via phoning the school office (01980 843381)

or alternatively email us at



Mrs Skelly






My name is Mrs Skelly I am the Pastoral Support Lead. My role involves supporting children,  parents or carers and staff within the school environment.

 This includes

* supporting the school /home relationships,

* signposting to other support networks,

* supporting parents to manage difficult behaviours,

* working with the children to make the school experience a positive one through 1-1 sessions or small group work

* supporting the staff team to ensure that children’s emotional wellbeing is being met.


Mrs Hobbs



Mrs Hobbs




Hi, I am Mrs Sally-Anne Hobbs and I am lucky enough to be an ELSA at Clarendon Infant School.  I work with children across the school, usually on a one to one basis but also in small groups.  I have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children in school.  The ELSA room is based in The Treehouse and this is where individual or groups of children will access help and support.


There will always be children in schools facing life challenges, no more so than now, which detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) programme is an evidence-informed intervention delivered by Mrs Hobbs and supervised by educational psychologists to support our children.

In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:



Recognising emotions


Social skills

Friendship skills

Anger management

Loss and bereavement





Supporting - not fixing


Remember, as ELSAs we are not here to fix your children's problems. What we can do is provide emotional support through establishing warm, respectful relationships with pupils.

We will also provide a reflective space where pupils are able to share their thoughts and feelings.



It needs to be appreciated that change cannot necessarily be achieved quickly and is dependent upon the context and complexity of the issues.

For children with complex or long-term needs it is unrealistic to expect ELSA intervention to resolve all their difficulties, however support will be designed to target specific aspects of a child's need. Our ELSA training and development is an ongoing process and our experience helps us to recognise when issues are beyond our level of expertise. At these times the school will support parents with possible referrals for specialist counselling, play therapy or to CAMHS.

We may also be able to signpost to other agencies for family support.

The Educational Psychologist that works with our school has regular supervision sessions with our ELSAs, and is able to offer advice on suitability or nature of ELSA involvement in complex cases.






Take a look at the...

Here are some home activities that can support emotional wellbeing, If there is something in particular you would like to see, or need additional support then please contact us on

We have some information and activities that you may find helpful in supporting your children and each other regarding the death of the Queen.

How to talk to children about the death of the Queen

Back to school : A story about returning to school

Useful Parent Support Information


Additional Support within the community.



Home-Start Kennet is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families who have at least one child under the age of five.

They provide emotional and practical support to families through their trained home visiting volunteers, family groups and professional Family Support Organisers, helping families through their most challenging times.


Home-start can be reached at

They also have a Facebook page...

or text FAMILY to 66777 (to make asking for help that bit easier).

Spurgeons Wiltshire Children's Centre

Spurgeons have now launched their new timetable of sessions and courses that run from September through to December 2022.

They run courses such as...

Craft activities

New Parent New Baby

Being a Parent

Play, Talk and Grow Together

Reconnect Play Sessions

Healthy Eating

Five to Thrive

Early Words Together


As well as One Off Events

Click on the PDF below to see a list of venues, dates and times

Spurgeons Wiltshire Children's Centre