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Emotional Health, Wellbeing & Pastoral Support

At St Catherine of Siena Primary School, we aim to provide the highest quality pastoral support throughout the school.  We work in partnership with Cornerstone Family Support Agency to support our pupils to achieve their best, academically, socially and emotionally. 

Our Emotional Wellbeing Team:       

Mr Eddie McNamara 

Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mr Thomas Minchin

Deputy Headteacher, Deputy Designated Safeguard Lead and Year Six Teacher

Miss Kaylee Harris

SENDCo and Designated Safeguarding Team Member


Mrs Rachel Tims

EWB & Pastoral Support, Designated Safeguarding Team Member, HLTA, ELSA & Mental Health First Aider

Mrs Josie Weetman

Year Three Teacher



Miss Kerris Caley

Year Two Teacher







Ms Lisa Sinclair

School Family Support Worker.




The aims of Our Emotional Wellbeing and pastoral Support at St Catherine of Siena Primary :


  • To provide support that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life.
  • To support children to address social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs.
  • To maintain an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.
  • To reassure parents/carers their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect upon our core values (Friendship, Compassion and Reverence).
  • To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.

When children have learning difficulties, they are provided with special programmes of support to enhance their academic learning. We feel it is equally important to recognise the need  to plan additional support to address their Emotional Needs.


At St Catherine of Siena Primary School, we aim to promote good mental health and wellbeing for our whole community: students, staff, parents and carers.

  • are respected 
  • have a sense of belonging and feel safe
  • are able to talk openly with trusted adults
  • see good mental health as something to be valued and nurtured

We want all members of our community to:

  • feel confident in themselves
  • be able to express a range of emotions appropriately
  • be able to make and maintain positive relationships with others
  • cope with the challenges of everyday life
  • manage times of stress and deal with change
  • thrive and achieve.

We aim to achieve this through:

  • living out our school missions statement ”…we live, learn and grow in God’s love’
  • our PHSE and SRE Curriculum 
  • awareness raising (wellbeing assemblies, tips for good mental health)
  • listening to our students  and gaining insight through Student Council and Pupil Questioning and Questionnaires
  • working in partnership with parents/carers where there are concerns about mental health and wellbeing
  • signposting sources of external help and advice
  • making referrals and working with external agencies to provide additional support to those who need it
  • recognising the importance of staff mental health and wellbeing. 
  • modelling healthy attitudes and habits.

We are not able or qualified to offer:

  • counselling
  • testing and diagnosis of mental health conditions
  • specialist therapies.


"Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” 

World Health Organisation. 2018