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COVID 19 Wellbeing

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all keeping safe and well.

I will be pleased to welcome our pupils back to school in September following the summer break and am very much looking forward to working with our community to bridge any gaps that may have developed throughout this time.

Here at Gnoll Primary we prioritise supporting wellbeing above all else and this approach has formed a central part of our planning during this difficult time and will continue to do so on our return. We have an extensive team of staff dedicated to supporting our school community who are on hand to provide guidance and assistance, so if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant member of staff. Having said this, most of the information that you are likely to require is provided in the ‘Coming Back’ section of this website, so please be sure to check there first.

The key message is that we are here to help. No-one should suffer in silence; if your wellbeing is suffering, please make sure that you tell someone. The email addresses of the wellbeing team are listed below and there is also a list of numbers that may be helpful.

Throughout the school closure the wellbeing team has contacted many of our families and it has been good to hear that so many of you have remained positive while adhering to the social distancing guidelines. We look forward to catching up in person when we return – while adhering to the current guidelines of course!

Stay safe and look after your physical and mental wellbeing.

Gnoll Staff  Wellbeing Team:

Mr R. Harris Headteacher
Mrs V. Gibbon Wellbeing Lead
Mrs H. Shakell Pupil Liaison Officer
Mrs B. Williams Thrive Practitioner
Mrs J. Billington Thrive Practitioner
Mrs R. Hurst Thrive Practitioner
Mrs L. Thomas Thrive Practitioner
Mrs S. Coleman ALNCo Foundation Phase
Mrs E. Fielding ALNCo Key Stage 2
Mrs E. Trollope ALNCo Rainbow Room
Attendance Officer

Accessing Support

Please use the email addresses above to contact the relevant member of staff should you feel that you need to. Staff are able to access their emails throughout the day, so you should get a response fairly quickly. However, you may prefer to access one or more of the services below.

In an emergency situation you should call 999.​

Free School Meals

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council have now reverted back to the original method of receiving Free School Meal support. The grant paid into a bank account has now stopped and all eligible for Free school meals will be supported at the school. Information can be found through the link below.

If you your child is not already receiving free school meals and you would like to apply, please use the button below to visit the local authority’s free school meals webpage for details and how to apply. If eligible, your child’s meals will be free at the school.

Link to NPT Free School Meals Website

Applications open for £125 school clothing and equipment grant

If you your child is starting with us in Reception, or is entering Year 3, and is currently eligible for free school meals, is registered as LAC or attends our LSC specialist resource base, then you could be eligible for a grant to buy school uniform, equipment, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school for your child.  Even is you have already purchased the uniform or equipment this grant can be awarded to refund the cost.

Link to: Link to NPT website to apply for the grant.

Social Story to help pupils who are anxious about returning to school.


If your child is anxious about returning to school, this social story might help and put their minds at ease about coming in the next three weeks.

Click on the image to access the story “Going Back To School”


Stories written by Mike Church

Our good friend Mike Church who is a writer, actor, speaker, storyteller and entertainer has very kindly shared his wonderful stories with us. These stories can help children to have a better understanding how how they are feeling and what they know about various current situations.

If you wish to visit Mike’s website  click here

Click on the titles below to watch Mike retelling the story.

Titles of books retold by Mike

Won’t you come to my House

Why Can’t I Win

Freddy the Fox

Mollie, The Cow That Mooed She Was Different.

Useful Websites and Support Materials.


Thrive Approach

Gnoll Thrive Practitioners have placed support materials here which can help pupils who are in need of emotional support

Gnoll Footsteps

Here we have several support materials which can once again support children who need Emotional Literacy Support

Coronavirus – Child friendly Booklet

A book for children to help them to understand what Coronavirus is. This book was created by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts


  Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus story

A child friendly story to help children understand what is currently happening.

   Mental Health Poster

Tips and advice on how to support your child through this Coronavirus Pandemic.

  Other Supportive Websites
Information to support the Rainbow Room, Learning Support Centre 
Techniques to support children with their thoughts, feelings and behaviour