At St Paul’s Catholic Primary School we aim to support the wellbeing of our children, staff and parents in a range of ways:

Mental Health Lead - Claire Rogers

Claire Rogers is the school’s Mental Health Lead. Her role involves developing a whole-school approach to promoting better mental health and wellbeing for all staff, children and parents/carers as well as creating a culture of openness when talking about mental health. She liaises with different people from across school to keep mental health and wellbeing at the fore.

Parent Link Officer - Karen Dinning

Karen Dinning is the school-based Parent Link Officer. She’s here to listen, offer support, empathise and care.  She is available to work with parents who need information about school matters as well as requiring help accessing other agencies. She has access to an extensive range of information and can sign-post parents to a variety of services:

  • Attendance issues
  • Behaviour support
  • Family circumstances affecting your child e.g. parental separation, bereavement, etc
  • Medical/health concerns
  • Offer signposting information to other agencies, e.g. school nurse,

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) – Lyn Youell

Lyn Youell is the school’s ELSA.  ELSAs are a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children who are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists.  Lyn’s aim is to build your child’s emotional development and help them cope with life’s challenges.  She will help your child to find solutions to problems they may have.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Events

Tuesday 10th October 2023 – World Mental Health Day

W/C Monday 20th November 2023 – Anti-Bullying Week

W/C Monday 5th February 2024 – Children’s Mental Health Week

Tuesday 6th February 2024 – Safer Internet Day

Friday 8th March 2024 – International Women’s Day

W/C Monday 6th May 2024 – Mental Health Awareness Week

Useful websites and information for parents from South Glos SEND Support Teams

How to Talk to Your Child about Mental Health – Young Minds

Meditation for Children

Tutorful - The Expert Parents' Guide to Childhood Anxiety

A guide for parents to help children understand, cope and become strengthened by their experiences of anxiety at a young age.

Mind You

Launched for parents and young people to help access information about mental health.

Anna Freud

A useful site for schools, families and young people.