We believe in wellbeing for everyone. Our dedicated pastoral team ensure that all members of our school community see the benefits of good mental health.
We believe in creating resilient young people who:
• Seek help when they need it
• Cope with stress effectively
• Have good problem-solving skills
• Are able to manage their feelings and lives
Pupils at Westacre have the opportunity to experience a range of pastoral interventions to help improve their own resilience and self esteem. We help children to develop strategies to face hardships or difficulties that they may face presently or in the future, with strength and determination.
The team work hard to ensure that children feel emotionally secure and in a place of safety which will then allow them to access other aspects of the curriculum that the school offers.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.