Pupil and Family Support


Welcome to the Pupil and Family Support page.

Mrs Webb and Mrs Pound are St Augustine’s Pupil and Family Support leads and Senior Mental Health Leads.

At St Augustine’s Primary School we recognise that education is about more than academics. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, their families and staff.

We know everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable at times and anyone may need additional emotional support. Our Pupil and Family Support have had extensive training in order to best support the children in our care. External support is sometimes required and families will be supported by school.


Penny Pound is our school therapy dog. She is in school everyday and spends time with children in and out of class.


Mrs Webb
Pupil and Family Support Manager

Penny Pound
School Therapy Dog (Currently on pawternity leave)

Mrs Pound
Pupil and Family Support Lead

Pupil and Family Support

What we offer at St Augustines RC Primary School

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)
We are lucky enough to have two qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants at St Augustine’s. Mrs Webb and Mrs Pound. They have been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as: games, therapeutic stories, various interventions, role-play with puppets or arts and craft. ELSA sessions take place in ‘The Nest’ that provides a calm, safe space for the child/ren to feel supported and nurtured. For more info – ELSA
Mental Health Champion
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Relax Kids
Both Pupil and family Support Leads are trained to deliver these sessions within school.

Click here for more information – Relax kids

Lego Therapy
There are 3 members of school staff that are able to deliver theses sessions of up to 3 children within school. Please see here for more information – Lego based therapy
Drawing and Talking Therapy
There are 3 members of staff within school who can faciliate these sessions. For more information please see here – Drawing and Talking.docx

External agency support

External support is sometimes required and families will be supported by school.

Education Mental Healthcare Practitioner (EMHP)
We are very lucky to have an EMHP, Alex Mulrooney, who works within our school every Tuesday. Please see link for further information.
School Nurse

We work closely with our school nursing teasm offering support for a variety of reasons School Nursing (1) School nurse

Bedwetting/ soiling support – please see link from school nurse Home – ERIC

Bladder and Bowel uk – https://www.bbuk.org.uk

Information for Parents

Some useful links for support

Courses for parents

New Era course being delivered in school New Era flyer

Uniform - Burnley Together

Burnley Together – Are here to help

Struggling for pieces of school uniform for your children?

Get down to The Switch, Keirby Walk, Burnley

Every Wednesday 10am-2pm

Starting Wednesday 21st September 2022

Mental Health

Parent support for their children via helpline and webchat Click here – Parents Helpline | Mental Health Help for Your Child | YoungMinds

Essere Therapies Colne – Support for Dads every Monday 6pm until 7.30pm contact hello@esseretherapies.com

Useful mental health contacts – Mind


Financial support

If you’re worried about money, your mental health or both, there’s lots of support available. Click here – Mind

Curry on the Street Burnley:

It is free to everyone, they can just turn up and get free food and bags of essentials, food and toiletries

Colne (Wednesday 5.30pm) Unique House, Shed St, Colne BB8 8AH, United Kingdom

Nelson (Thursday 6.00pm) Broadway, Nelson BB9 9AN, United Kingdom

Burnley (Sunday 6.30pm) Keirby Walk Burnley

Valley Community Centre

Burnley Community Grocery – Community Grocery

To sign up to be a member at one of our Community Groceries, all you need to do is visit your nearest store (see our ‘Locations’ page to find yours) and let one of our team know it’s your first time. We will then get you a form to fill in and explain all about how the groceries work.

All you need to do bring £5 for your annual membership fee*, and a couple of shopping bags to put your £4 shop in and then start shopping. It’s as simple as that!

Once you’re a member you can come along to the Community Grocery up to three times a week and fill up your basket.

‘Too Good To Go’ Ap.

Too Good To Go lets you buy unsold food from places that sell food around you—restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, etc. Anything that got left unsold at the end of the service time for that place and would otherwise go to waste, but this app lets you buy it. Too Good To Go provides an alternative to throwing away perfectly good food.

I downloaded the Ap to see how it works. It brought up local places, you can book slots to collect bags of food for a small price.