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Pastoral Support at School

Miss Claire Davies, Pastoral Lead





And I'll rise up
I'll rise like the day
I'll rise up
I'll rise unafraid
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again
And I'll rise up
High like the waves
I'll rise up
In spite of the ache
I'll rise up
And I'll do it a thousand times again 


 Here at Meadlands we have two clear aims:


  1. We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupils.
  2.  We aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health.


We support children to “rise up” and take that first brave step if they are going through challenging times.


We are so fortunate to have our very own Pastoral Lead in school, Miss Davies. Miss Davies is trained in ELSA which stands for: Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and is our PSHE lead, Mental Health First Aid lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. 


Miss Davies trained to be an ELSA through our Educational Psychologist Service in order to provide bespoke packages of support for individuals and groups of pupils on themes such as: social skills, emotions, bereavement, social and therapeutic stories, anger management and self-esteem.  She also provides solution-focused and friendship counselling. 


All children receive pastoral support through our PSHE lessons and our whole school ethos (please see PSHE policy for further information) Sometimes, children face challenging situations and benefit from either additional support or targeted support.


  • Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  
  • Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.


Individual objectives are set with the child in partnership with the parent/carer, school SENCo and Class Teacher and ELSA sessions provide the time and space for validation of the child’s feelings and opportunities to work towards a solution.  Sessions are child-led and fun, using a range of activities such as: games, walks in the local area, puppets, OT work, role-play, arts and craft.  ELSA sessions take place in the ‘”Cycle Shed”  which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.


Children are referred by teaching staff, parents and some also self-refer. The sessions aim to be weekly and span a minimum of half a term. As part of our targeted provision the school will work with other agencies to support children’s emotional health and wellbeing including:

  • The school nurse
  • Educational psychology services
  • Behaviour support
  • Paediatricians
  • CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health service)
  • Family support workers
  • Play therapists 
  • Music therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Pets as Therapy dog


Play Therapist
Davina Holmes, a Movement Psychotherapist visits Meadlands weekly.  She works with individuals using play and movement to help them express difficult feelings relating to trauma, separation, loss, and conflict.  She works with the individual in partnership with their family and school to support them to find new ways of coping and develop their resilience.   She works in several schools within Richmond and has been working as a therapist within the Ham community for 15 years.



School Nurse


We, and our families, are also incredibly lucky to have the support of our wonderful school nurse - Maureen (Mo) Branagan-Freeman. Mo has led health and wellbeing workshops for parents and staff, and supported a number of families with a wide range of needs including anxiety and sleeping difficulties.



School Therapy Dog

At Meadlands we love animals and for the last few years we have had weekly visits from Sika, who is a therapy dog. Sika is a black Labrador and spends some time at Meadlands in the ‘Cycle Shed’ with Miss Davies. We even had a zoom call with Sika and her owner, Susan when we were in Tier 4!

During his visiting hours, children can read to Sika, stroke her whilst talking to Miss Davies, or take her outside for a walk around our field. These sessions are so rewarding and have such a positive impact on our pupils. 

Dogs are increasingly being used in schools with great success.


Below are just some of the benefits we continue to see from having Sika at Meadlands:

  • a calming effect on pupils
  • a development of empathy
  • improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • encouraging expression, participation and confidence for all children
  • fostering a sense of responsibility
  • motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other
  • teaching children to nurture and respect life
  • helping with work undertaken with the most vulnerable children
  • further promote ‘wellbeing’ for our pupils


And here is what the children have to say:

  • I like visiting Sika every week because after spending time with her, its shows me that dogs are really friendly and enjoyable to play with.
  • Spending time with the dogs make me feel really happy and relaxed.
  • Stroking Sika makes me feel calm, relaxed and happy.
  • I love Sika. I love stroking Sika. She is so soft and gentle. It makes me feel calm and happy.


The Horse Rangers Association

We have strong links with The Horse Rangers Association who are based in Hampton.  A group of 10 pupils visit the Horse Rangers three times a year.  This is a project linked to our ELSA work.  The children learn the important values of the Horse Rangers Association, the importance of respect and kindness when looking after animals.  They learn how to feed, muck out, groom the horses and the day culminates in an hour ride in Bushy Park.

Week beginning 1 March 2021
Week beginning 22 February 2021
Week beginning 8 February 2021
Week beginning 1 February 2021
Week beginning 25 January 2021
Week beginning 18 January 2021

From the 5th January 2021 school will be closed

and we will be starting Meadlands-at-Home.


Welcome to Miss Davies' Happiness Half Hour lessons. Please click on the dates below to access the 30 minute activities.

Tuesday 5 January 2021

Blended Learning Resources.

During the 5 month school closure, Ms Davies continued to provide high quality Pastoral help. These videos and links can be found below.

Blended Learning Week 14 - w/b 13.7.20

Blended Learning Week 13 - w/b 6.7.20

Blended Learning Week 12 - w/b 29.6.20

Blended Learning Week 11 - w/b 22.6.20

Blended Learning Week 10 - w/b 15.6.20

Blended Learning Week 9

Blended Learning Week 8

Blended Learning Week 7

Blended Learning Week 6

Blended Learning Week 5

Blended Learning Week 4

Blended Learning Week 3

Blended Learning Week 2

Blended Learning Week 1

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