Nurture Support

Our Nurture Room

As our recent Ofsted report (January 2019) states:-

‘Pastoral support is strong, and the school has a very caring ethos.’

‘(Parents) praise the school for the links it has with the community and the pastoral support their children receive.’

Pupils have helped design the new space with furniture, resources and equipment. Such resources have been specifically chosen to ensure the strong culture, vision and ethos at Stanford is represented as we work to ensure positive well-being continues to be an important aspect our school life.

Our hub is a wonderful, calm space. Here pupils can access games, activities and strategies to help ensure their health and well- being needs are addressed. In addition, this tranquil space is used for calming down opportunities and time for reflective thought, pastoral support sessions and parent/carer meetings.

At Stanford School we believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing and supporting the individual needs of each child. We ensure that the support needed is recognised and implemented, with all teachers and support staff working cohesively together with the school’s inclusion team. We support a range of children who are having a range of emotional difficulties that can impact on their learning.

These areas of the SMSC curriculum are key themes Ofsted will be monitoring, under the new Ofsted framework (from September 2019.) Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector of Schools, has said that she “agrees that mental health and well-being are important issues” which is why personal development will be one of the four judgments proposed in the new framework.

We provide:

  • A quiet nurturing space for children to feel safe and secure, to regulate large emotions or have time for reflective thought (The Hub and Calm spaces located close to each class room)
  • Support for children and parents in the playground at the beginning of the school day.
  • 1-1 sessions with identified vulnerable children.
  • Small group support following specific programmes to target specific social, emotional, mental health needs for identified children
  • Worry boxes in each class for children to raise any worries or concerns.
  • A “Box of Calmness” in each classroom

We aim to develop positive relationships with children and their families, responding promptly to any issues to ensure difficulties are discussed and resolved.

Introducing our Learning Mentor

Our Learning Mentor at Stanford School is Mrs Jones.

Another important part of the pastoral team’s role is to provide support and information for the parents and carers at the school. We have information on a range of issues, agencies and support services and we can give advice and support in accessing these different services as well as referring to other agencies that can offer more specialist support if needed.

Who can refer to a Learning Mentor?

Teachers, school staff, parents/carers and children themselves can ask for Learning Mentor support. The Learning Mentors will then decide what this support will look like and make contact with the family. You can ask the school office or Learning mentors for a referral form.

If you have any concerns about your child in or out of school or would like to have a chat with the Learning Mentor about what we can offer, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

How long will my child see a Learning Mentor?

It depends on each child. Children come for as many sessions as they need ranging from one or two sessions, to more long term mentoring. The work is reviewed regularly.

Pastoral Support

Our vision and aims

Our Vision is to:

At Stanford School, every child matters and all children need to feel safe, valued, special, appreciated and included. We want every child coming to our school to feel happy, content and confident, ready to embrace the day in our secure, caring and friendly environment.

However, some children face many challenges, which means that some of their social and emotional needs may be greater than those of others. By using elements of The Thrive Approach, we will help support and guide the children in our care to allow them to develop emotionally and distinguish between their feelings to help them manage these appropriately.

Lego Therapy

Lego Therapy is a social development programme for children that aims to develop social communication skills in children, such as sharing, turn-taking, following rules, using names and problem solving. It uses children's love of playing with Lego to help them develop communication and social skills.

Happy To Be Me

'Happy to be Me' is a 6-12 session programme aimed at KS1 & KS2 children who may be experiencing low self-esteem, lack of confidence, attachment problems and /or feel insecure.

A Tummy Full of Fireworks

Six session intervention programme designed to encourage, children to communicate about their emotions in a more effective way. It helps them to understand the reasons why anger occurs, how to recognise it and how to manage their feelings in an effective way but also provides coping strategies for children to use.

Stop Bugging Me

Stop Bugging Me is a six session programme that helps children to understand how thoughts, worries and concerns can happen for different reasons, to different people at different times and how we can focus on our worries in a positive way.


Theraplay is a child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. It is based on the natural patterns of playful, healthy interaction between parent and child and is personal, physical, and fun.

Outdoor Learning

In outdoor settings, children are more motivated to work together in groups, which can improve their social skills. They learn to manage conflicts, communicate, and cooperate with their peers in a more effective manner. Outdoor learning provides children with hands-on experiences in nature; develop reflective and inquisitive thinking along with problem-solving approaches in 'real' situations. Outdoor learning also encourage holistic development of children and develop resilience and adaptability in occasionally adverse circumstances.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person's physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Emotional Literacy

Emotional Literacy is the term used to describe the ability to understand and express feelings. Emotional Literacy involves having self-awareness and recognition of one's own feelings and knowing how to manage them, such as the ability to stay calm when angered or to reassure oneself when in doubt.


Spending time in the kitchen and cooking new recipes helps children to develop a positive connection to all different types of foods including fruits and vegetables. Forming a positive experience with fresh foods is so important because healthy foods are the foundation for good nutrition. Children will learn how to work as a group, communicating, measuring and also following instructions to complete a recipe. Children will also learn basic cooking skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Friendship Terrace

A series of 10 fun, short stories, with discussion questions, about characters who live on Friendship Terrace, including Fitzroy First, Bragging Bradley, Manisha Mine and Rough Ryan. The stories and scenarios are especially relevant for children with difficulties in forming relationships and friendships. This programme helps children recognise ‘friendship blockers’ and ‘friendship builders’.

Bird Feeders February '24

Our outdoor learning group have been recycling to make bird feeders. They used milk cartons to place bird seed in, and made them attractive by using feathers and colour. We used cross curricula skills from DT to PSHE to look at why we used milk cartons to help environment to knowing what skill we needed to use to make the bird feeders. This helped us to feed the birds during these cold months, and also draw more birds to us during our big garden bird watch.

Peer Mentoring December '23

This week has been a fantastic week for all. The children were enjoying some of the festive activities like 'grape grinches' and 'marshmallow snowmen sleighs'. It was a perfect opportunity for peer mentoring, one child said "I really enjoyed working with the younger children and think of myself as a really good role model."

Here is a range of photos of our Nurture sessions in action!


Peer Mentoring Training with Compass Go!

At Stanford we care about positive mental health and wellbeing and want to support anyone who may need help. Sarah at Compass Go came this week to train some of our Year 5 and 6 pupils to become our new Peer mentoring group. This group learnt all about positive well-being and what they can do to support others who may be struggling- offering advice, finger breathing, grounding technique etc These pupils will be a champion to our peers! Listening to what pupils need, helping others to improve their own wellbeing and learning about mental health. We want tio ensure ALL pupils at Stanford:

Our Peer wellbeing Ambassadors can help! Keep updated with their progress in school!

Healthy Eating Workshop

A wonderful workshop took place Thursday afternoon for parents and their child. Working with Mrs Jones, our Learning Mentor, they explored healthy eating and made a fantastic fruit crumble. They used many life skills which included weighing, peeling, slicing and the rubbing method for the crumble to go on top. Everyone was given a recipe to follow and had an enjoyable afternoon!

' Lovely event, great atmosphere, very relaxed and friendly. An excellent opportunity to take part with my child in a small group!'

' What a wonderful experience. Mrs Jones has done a sterling job. Really lovely to be asked to be [art of my child's school lessons- Thank you!'

' We really enjoyed the cooking- it was lots of fun!'

What is Thrive?

We've embraced Thrive in our setting

Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development.

The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around identifying children’s emotional development and looks at their individual needs.

Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning.

Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time.

Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.

Why might my child attend a Thrive session?

Many children experience difficulties during their time at school. These may include:

  • Difficulties with friendships.
  • Getting into trouble at playtime.
  • Finding it hard to settle in the classroom.
  • Finding it difficult to manage their strong feelings.
  • Not knowing who to turn to when feelings are too big to manage on their own.

These situations can lead to many different feelings which may seem overwhelming at times. They might include: anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness, confusion or anxiety.

All these feelings are very normal and happen to a lot of children. The sessions our Learning Mentors provide are to help children learn to manage their feelings and teach them strategies that will help promote their learning at school.

What will happen in a Nurture session?

The session may be on an individual basis or as part of a small group of children. During each session there will be an activity which may include:

  • Story telling
  • Circle games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sand play
  • Movement and relaxation
  • Cooking and preparing food
  • Role play and puppet work
  • Games

Attachment, Trauma and Aces

Childhood trauma has a massive impact on the life chances of children. Trauma has an impact on the brain and how the child perceives and interacts with the world around them. It is vital that staff understand this in order to fully embrace the therapeutic approaches we aim to provide at Stanford School.

Staff have recently received training on attachment, trauma and ACE’s with Ashley Lucas. Staff have gained knowledge on how the brain works and strategies to help support children who may have or have had trauma in their life and understand reasons for children’s behaviour.