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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 Lacey (Thrive Practitioner)

     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.








 Hi everyone, I’m Mrs Lacey. I’ve been a member of the Clarendon Infants team for 6 years, I currently work down with the reception year group where we have access to the discovery room to carry out any small group and one-one sessions. Last year I was lucky enough to start my Thrive journey and become a registered Thrive practitioner.


The Thrive Approach has been developed over many years. Helping children to flourish.

It supports their emotional and social development and helps them feel happy and secure, able to enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn.

Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment. Positive relationships are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:


• feel good about themselves and know that they matter


• increase their sense of security and trust,


• increase their emotional well-being


• improve their capacity to be creative and curious


• increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn


• learn to recognise and regulate their feelings


• learn to think before behaving in a certain way


• ...and much more.



 What is Thrive and how does it work?


Thrive is appropriate for all children from birth to adulthood, The Thrive Approach draws on the latest research into brain science, child development theory and attachment theory. It helps us to understand how babies’ and children’s brains develop, and how parents, teachers and other professionals can best support this development by providing the best experiences for the children at each stage.  






Thrive also helps us to better understand the children’s needs being signalled by their behaviour. Sometimes children may struggle as a result of temporary setbacks or other, longer term changes in their lives such as a separation, a bereavement, a family illness or accident, or even the arrival of a new baby. They may signal their distress by becoming more withdrawn or distant, or perhaps more challenging or disruptive, or even, by trying too hard to please. If this happens we use Thrive to look beyond the behaviour to give these children the support they need to get back on track. Sometimes they only need a little extra support in class and sometimes they may need additional one-to-one time to help them along.   



How will my child be involved in Thrive?


We use a screening tool and activity planning resource called Thrive-Online. This allows us to check that children are working appropriately for their age and to develop the whole group with activities that ensure that they are as emotionally and socially supported as they can be. Using Thrive-Online will also identify any children in need of extra support within small groups or one to one sessions with a familiar “safe adult”.  With your consent and involvement, I will carry out a more detailed assessment to develop an action plan that gives specific strategies and activities for supporting your child within our school. The plan will also suggest specific activities that you can do at home, so that working together with us, you can help them through any difficulties they are experiencing.


We understand that some circumstances may be sensitive and confidentiality will be paramount at all times when you are discussing your child’s needs with us.






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

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).


Children's Centre Support


Children's centre support are now offering Five to Thrive online sessions on Ms Teams. These sessions offer parents and carers practical tools and knowledge to meet children’s needs in a way that attachment and children’s development at home are supported.





They also offer a FREE 5 week online course if you are a parent or carer of children aged 2-3 and would like to learn a range of ways to support your child's language development. Please open the PDF below to find out more.