At St Mary’s, we aim to provide a range of opportunities for students to seek support from members of staff, pro-active advice and tips from our  trained Thrive Practitioners.

This page is designed to help everyone find external resources and support to address any concerns that they have. It is not a comprehensive list, but includes organisations and people that we believe can help.  If you have any other organisations that you think we have missed please let us know at school and we will provide the additional links.

Sleep Support

Sleep and young children – NHS (

Children – The Sleep Charity



Family Lives:


Young Minds:

Bereavement & Loss

We acknowledge that some children are likely to experience a significant life change like separation, bereavement, loss and sadness during their childhood. Each child will react differently to these experiences, they will feel a range of emotions and there is no right or wrong way to grieve or cope with sadness.

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we create a safe, caring and secure environment in which all children can express, and be supported in their feelings. Being educated through our virtues of faith, our children learn the importance of kindness, respect and healthy, supportive relationships. In addition to our Catholic ethos, we also specifically address the issue of bereavement and loss through our RE and PSHE curriculum at an age appropriate level.

However, there will be times where our children will need additional support to this, and below are some of the ways we can help our children work through these difficult periods of time:

· We can offer 1:1 time with our Nurture trained members of staff, who are experienced in supporting children with emotional needs.

· We run nurture groups in school on a need by need basis where children can work in a small group to explore self-esteem, confidence and emotions.

· We can lead lunchtime clubs for children who are finding the lunch break a bit too long or would just prefer some quiet time.

· We can access specialised support through Catholic Care, who offer 1:1 pupil counselling and family.

· We can work through resources provided by charities and organisations who specialise in childhood bereavement e.g. Winston’s Wish and OWLS.


Child Bereavement UK:

CRUSE Bereavement Care:

OWLS – Overcoming Bereavement, Worry and Loss:

Winston’s Wish:

Catholic Children’s Society:


Mind is a charity that provides information, support and campaigning for people with mental health problems and their families. To access their website and the support they offer please click the link: Home – Mind



Self Help Leaflets – Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (

5 steps to mental wellbeing – NHS (

Support and Advice for Young Carers – Carers’ Resource (

Other Useful Links: