Rainham Village Primary School and Nursery

Rainham Village Primary School and Nursery

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Please scroll down the page to find more information about Nurture, Yoga and support from HEST (Havering Emotional Support Team) 

Senior Mental Health Lead for Rainham Village Primary School - 

Mrs Ashley

The UK government have recommended that all schools in England appoint a Senior Mental Health Lead by 2025.  Mrs Ashley is the Senior Mental Health Lead for Rainham Village Primary School and has completed the relevant training with The Anna Freud Centre.  Alongside the senior leadership team, she is responsible for leading a whole-school approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing and developing an open culture in which staff and students alike can discuss their mental health and wellbeing openly.  Part of her role is to ensure that staff can recognise signs and symptoms of mental health needs in pupils and know what to do should they have a concern. If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health or wellbeing, please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs Ashley to discuss this further.  ‚Äč


Mrs Hughes will be running yoga sessions each Wednesday for individuals and groups of children in the mornings and the Year 3 classes in the afternoons. 


Yoga is an incredible holistic system which through poses, breathing exercises and relaxation methods that work to calm the mind. A quiet mind contributes to better health, better sleep, better learning and an increasing ability to manage emotions.


Children are taught as a whole class or in a small group, specific to their needs. Children will learn poses, breathing techniques, focus exercises and relaxation through stories, games and circle times. The yoga sessions have been designed to be relevant to life, not just use of the yoga mat. Most of all, yoga should be fun and make children feel good.

HEST - Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 

HEST - Havering Emotional Support Team

Rainham Village Primary School and Nursery welcomes the opportunity to host the Havering Emotional Support Team (HEST).

The team can support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils.  See below for more details.

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HEST - Havering Emotional Support Team

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ELSA - Emotional Learning Support Assistant

Emotional Literacy can help children to understand, identify and  regulate emotions which is an essential part of well-being and maintaining good mental health.

ELSAs are trained and supervised by Educational Psychologists and they can support children with:

  • loss and bereavement
  • self-esteem
  • social skills
  • friendship issues
  • relationships
  • anxiety
  • conflict and resolution

Nurture Groups

 Mrs Maguire runs a range of nurture groups across the school.


As a Nurturing School, Rainham Village uses the Nurture Principles to enable children to develop socially and emotionally throughout all learning. Our Nurture Groups, offered to children from Year 2 to Year 5, build on these principles in a more relaxed setting with a smaller group of children.

Our Nurture Groups support children with their social, emotional and mental wellbeing. Nurture principles are based on Attachment Theory – the idea that developing positive relationships with family, peers and other adults from an early age facilitates healthy development. Nurture practices aim to give children the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers and develop their resilience.

Our Nurture Groups are smaller than a usual class size and children visit for varying amounts of time based on their individual needs, remaining with their class for the rest of their learning. There is plenty of time for speaking and listening as communication and development of language is key to Nurture practices.

Nurture Principles:

6 principles of nurture in grid