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COVID 19 Wellbeing

I’m pleased to update you on what we’re doing to support our school community’s wellbeing during the Covid-19 Crisis

Here at we Gnoll Primary we prioritise supporting wellbeing above all else and this approach has formed a central part of our planning during this difficult time. We have an extensive team of staff dedicated to supporting our school community who are on hand to provide guidance and assistance in addition to the work being provided by the teaching staff. We are pleased to hear that many of you are remaining positive while adhering to the social distancing guidelines. The team will continue to contact pupils and their families to see how they are getting on, so you may receive a call from us soon!

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.

There is lots more information below, covering issues surrounding wellbeing, support available, free school meals, additional learning needs. Please do take the time to have a look.

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 has decided to issue bank transfer payments to parents of those pupils entitled to free school meals who attend a school in the County of Neath Port Talbot. The amount payable will be £19.50 per week for each eligible pupil, this does not include nursery pupils. The payment will be paid direct into your bank account. Please note that the Authority is unable to make payments into post office or credit union accounts.

However, parents need to sign up for this initiative, so if you have not already please visit the website at the link below. The website also contains information on the menus for each week and delivery dates.

Link to NPT Free School Meals Website

 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