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Holmer C of E Academy

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Well-Being and Pastoral Support

At Holmer C E Academy, the mental health and well-being of our pupils, families and staff is of great importance to us. Through out the school day we offer a wide range of opportunities for children to develop self-help skills so that they grow to be able to independently manage their wellbeing. By working together, we hope to encourage children, their families and our entire school community to be their own mental health and wellbeing engineers, building in opportunities to support one another and " inspiring us all to create a better world". 


Here at Holmer C E Academy we are committed to supporting and improving the social, emotional and mental health of our children, families and staff.    


Within our school staff we have

  • Two Mental Health First Aiders to run alongside our First Aiders and Paediatric First Aiders
  • an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
  • staff trained on emotion coaching


This allows us to positively support all of our children’s emotional health and wellbeing.  We are able to pro-actively target any specific needs, tailoring support to those that require that little something extra, allowing all children to access, enjoy and thrive to the fullest during their time at Holmer.


Mrs Rachel Anderson is our Pastoral Lead. She is a trained ElSA. The ELSA intervention uses a variety of tailored strategies to empower children to solve their own problems. This helps to build the child’s resilience and “bounce back-ability” from setbacks, thus enabling them to cope better when things don’t go as planned. ELSA support is about developing a respectful relationship in which the young person is enabled to think about their situation without feeling judged or criticised. It is intended to be short-term purposeful support, usually to help develop new skills or coping strategies that enable the pupil to experience greater success. For more information and support please see our Elsa Leaflet. 

A new website has been launched to support the mental health of children in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.


Designed in collaboration with mental health professionals from child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and young people, the site acts as a one stop shop for children, young people, families and professionals who are seeking advice and support about mental health. The site provides helpful information such as practical tips to support children and young people’s mental health, self-help resources, and information on local CAMHS NHS services.



Helping your child with Anxiety

Emotional Literacy Support at Holmer C E Academy