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Pastoral, Mental Health and Wellbeing


1. Connect with other people

Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others


2. Be physically active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem
  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood


3. Learn new skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
  • helping you to build a sense of purpose
  • helping you to connect with others


4. Give to others

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people


5. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.



The Pastoral Team:


Mrs Reynolds, Pastoral Lead


Mrs Reynolds has worked in education for over 10 years and is our Pastoral and Well Being Lead, over- seeing the team of Pastoral Support Assistants. She specialises in child behaviour and how children develop socially and emotionally. She has qualified as a ‘Lead Thrive Practitioner’ and follows the Thrive ethos when working with children. She is also qualified in supporting and working with families and carers and has experience of children’s intervention work such as ‘Drawing and Talking’ and Lego therapy. She has a passion for well-being and mental health and to ensure that every child has access to the right support, at the right time.


Mrs Brownlee, Year 5 Pastoral Assistant


Mrs Brownlee has worked in Education for over 14 years. She specialises in children’s wellbeing and looks at the holistic needs of children. She has a primary school background is passionate about yoga and meditation and the positive effects it can have for children. She has also completed the TQUK counselling Diploma. Mrs Brownlee oversees the Well Being after school club at Westacre, which provides a safe and calm environment for the children to relax and talk to each other.


Miss Allan, Year 6 Pastoral Assistant


Miss Allan completed her studies at the University of Worcester where she qualified as a children’s social worker. She specialises in supporting children and their families who may require additional support and is also qualified in children’s play, learning and development. Since joining Westacre, she has trained in Lego Therapy and is our school specialist. Miss Allan is passionate about the learning and well-being of children and ensuring that all children feel safe, happy and secure!


Mrs Singh, Year 7 Pastoral Assistant


Mrs Singh graduated with a degree in Fine Art. She has worked with children in a number of backgrounds including a Pupil Referral Unit, SEMH school and children’s residential homes. She has completed CPCAB counselling courses and a course in Art Therapy. Mrs Singh is passionate about art and using it as a tool to express emotions.


School Counsellor


My name is Debbie, I am a qualified counsellor and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

I work to the National Counselling Society’s Code of Ethics and incorporate these in all of my counselling work and hold an enhanced DBS.

I work with children in order to help them explore their emotions and feelings, using toys, books, art or talking therapies, this enables them to understand, talk and be open.


Action for Happiness Calendar




Everyday we spend 10 minutes after lunch focusing on our wellbeing. Below is a timetable for the different activities we do throughout the week: