My child has difficulties with social, emotional or mental health

This section includes all those young people who experience short but significant periods of high anxiety, stress, distress or anger that affect their education.

It also includes young people who have a range of longer-term recognised mental health conditions.

For both groups, issues can include difficulties with:

  • Forming and maintaining relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Attitudes to attainment
  • Attendance
  • Self-esteem
  • Life outside school

What can The Priory offer?


All students at The Priory can access:

  • Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice).
  • Homework support clubs
  • Assessment for identification of significant needs.
  • Whole school Reward System.
  • Ready to Learn – the whole school policy for behaviour management
  • Key Stage transition support
  • Anti-bullying policy.
  • School nurse
  • ELSA
  • Support groups for self-esteem, young carers and social interaction

Targeted support for small groups may include:

As for all Priory students plus…

  • Breakfast club
  • Transition Project – 4 evening sessions (with parents/carers) and a Transition Day.
  • Be Me & Shine self-esteem groups for girls
  • Chaplains lunchtime drop-in sessions
  • Year 7 transition support groups
  • Mentoring system (all years)- behaviour/social skills/self esteem/stress management
  • In-class support in some lessons
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Year 11 support with college applications and career paths.

Support for individual students may include:

As for all Priory students plus…

  • 1:1 mentoring
  • Links to outside counselling services
  • Outside agency input (eg. Educational Psychologist, Targeted Youth Support, Early Help, CAMHS, Education Welfare Officer (EWO) and Home School Link Worker (HSLW).
  • Flexible timetables.
  • In-class support for students at risk of exclusion.
  • Personal Support Plan- support for students at risk of permanent exclusion.
  • On-going monitoring and regular feedback to parents and students (at least termly and including the Annual Review if student has an EHCP)
  • Exam Access Arrangements
  • Post 16 Transition support
  • Support from Health and Social Care team/ school nurse.
  • Children looked after support.