Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School

Bush Babies Nursery

Pastoral support

ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

We are lucky enough to have three qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants at Holy Family Catholic Primary and Nursery School. They have been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or arts and craft. ELSA sessions take place in our very own 'Sensory room' which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.

ELSA aims to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs. These are (but not limited to):
Recognising emotions
Social skills
Friendship skills
Anger management
Loss and bereavement

If we feel your child may benefit from an opportunity to attend an ELSA group then their class teacher will let you know. We are certain that the children will enjoy and benefit greatly from access to this recognised effective intervention.

If YOU feel that your child may benefit from this opportunity, please contact Sarah Blackmore the Pastoral Lead 

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant:

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Pastoral Lead and Safeguarding Lead

Sarah Blackmore - Also Family Worker

A friendly link between families and school, my job is to explore any challenges your child may be facing that may be affecting his/her ability to learn.

Having worked closely with children ranging from 0-16 years since 2006 and being a Parent myself, I have the qualifications and experience to be able to give information, advice and counselling on a large variety of issues. These range from divorce and separation, bereavement and transition through Key stages, right through to Confidence and Self- esteem building.

To contact me directly, please don't hesitate to ring me on

01793 521933

Or text me on 07594 089051

Or email me on sblackmore@holyfamily.swindon.sch.uk

Young Carers

(View the Holy Family Young Carers Policy and other policies here)

Young Carer: children and young people, up to the age of 18, whose lives are affected by looking after someone. This may include physical or learning disabilities, long term illness, mental health illness, or drug or alcohol challenges. This may be a parent, brother, sister or other family member.
If you feel your child may be a Young Carer please let us know so that we can help. You can contact Sarah Blackmore on 01793 521933, 07594 089051  or sblackmore@holyfamily.swindon.sch.uk

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Free School Meals

Is it sometimes hard to find the money to give your child a packed lunch?

Have you ever wondered if he/she may be entitled to Free School Meals at Holy Family?

Have you never asked about it because of having to fill in forms?

Please let me help!

If you are receiving certain benefits, (I can check for you) completing one simple form could allow your child (ren) to eat a hot dinner every day at NO cost to your family.

If you think you could be entitled to this, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01793 521933, text me on 07594 089051 or send me an email to sblackmore@holyfamily.swindon.sch.uk