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COVID 19 Wellbeing

Firstly may we say THANK YOU to everyone who is working hard during this time to keep children and young people happy, learning, laughing, active and calm at this time of great uncertainty! 

We are once again in the middle of another spike in Covid numbers within our community and we are very mindful of the fact that many of you, our families may be needing some support regarding wellbeing. This area of the website is here signposting various resources of support for children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty. With this in mind, we have produced and signposted a range of advice and free resources for schools, as well as resources for parents/carers in our school.

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 once again. 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. We are keen to signpost schools and settings to resources that start valuable conversations with pupils and students. These resources also provide tested tools to maintain wellbeing at what can be an anxious time for children and young people.

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 past school year and during school closure the wellbeing team 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 re now back in school and everyone is coping well once again – 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.

A Feelings Video created by Mackenzie and Elyse

The girls have been very kind and created a video which they hope will help other people to understand their feelings and share their worries in order to feel better. Amazing work girls. Please watch.

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