Pastoral Support

supporting children with their emotional and social development


Nurture groups are a short-term, focused intervention for children with particular social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which are creating a barrier to learning within a mainstream class.

Children are referred for support by the Inclusion Leader or by a recommendation on their Education Health Care Plan. They attend these sessions during the afternoon part of the school day for a short period of time before being fully integrated back to class. The Nurture practitioners and the class teacher liaise about the work that is happening in both environments.


Mentoring matches adult mentors with young people who require or want a caring, responsible adult in their lives. The role of the adult mentor is to support the child with issues that they may be experiencing. These issues could be for a variety of reasons:

  • Friendship issues
  • Dealing with trauma
  • Role modelling
  • Behaviour

The children will have direct support and intervention for a short period of time but then the mentor is available for the child to talk too when required or needed.

Mental Health First Aiders

In recent years there has been an increase in recognising that it is important to support children and young people in developing their mental health, as an area of wellbeing. At Grovelands CP School we recognise that a number of children have or live with people that have mental health needs.

To help staff at Grovelands CP School recognise and support wellbeing, eleven staff have attended the Mental Health First Aider Training, eight support staff and three teachers. This training is endorsed by Mental Health First Aid England. The training helps us to recognise mental health needs and deliver the following action plan:


  • Assess for crisis
  • Assist with crisis


  • Listen and communicate non–judgementally


  • Give support and information


  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage support from others

These skills contribute to our support for children with social, emotional and mental health needs - helping us to work with families in developing happy children and to support children in reaching their full potential.

Alternative Provision - The Brambles

Alternative Provision has been set up as a support mechanism for pupils who present with highly challenging behaviour as a result of their Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.

At Grovelands we recognise that pupils with SEMH needs are among our most vulnerable and as part of our fully inclusive ethos we want to ensure that their challenging behaviour and their SEMH needs do not become a barrier to their learning or impact the learning of others. We have devised this programme to ensure that we have the means to allow these pupils access to a mainstream education following the National Curriculum.

Connect with us

Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Mrs Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Paul Young
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams, Miss N Squires, Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams