Rebecca Gray – Health & Wellbeing Officer
I have been at Birch Wood School since September 2019, working as a Learning Support Assistant in classes of all ages and varying abilities. I was appointed as Health and Well-being Officer in January 2020.
Sarah Alldridge – Home School Link Worker
I began my position of Home School Link Worker in November 2017. My role is to support you and your child as a positive link between home and school. As the Home School Link Worker I offer support and advice to families of the children who attend our school whilst having the ability to signpost you to relevant and required agencies. I can support you in our parent’s room or in some circumstances I can come out to your home to discuss any concerns or to assist you with completing and checking any forms.
Rebecca, Julie and I have a good communication link between ourselves, SLT and teaching staff to ensure that all of our Birch Wood School, Birch Wood Vale students and their families are receiving the support that they require.
If you are a potential parent or carer who is thinking of applying for a place here for your child then please feel free to contact me so that we can discuss your child’s needs and arrange a tour of the school.
Julie Peattie – PSHE & Welfare Lead
My name is Julie Peattie and I am pleased to introduce myself as the PSHE & Welfare Lead at Birch Wood and Birch Wood Vale School.
The emotional welfare of our students is of the greatest importance and by being the dedicated PSHE & Welfare Lead this enables me to ensure that these issues are given the time and care needed to be worked through together.
One of my responsibilities is to oversee the Family Listening Support Team, which we have established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you will be familiar with Sarah Alldridge our Family Support Link Worker who will continue to work in her current capacity which many of you have found invaluable. However, at this time we recognise the need for us to enhance our support to families; our expanded team will provide extra help in the following ways:
Support for Young People:
– Listening and counselling appointments where a young person just needs the
opportunity to talk. I will be taking referrals for this service through your child’s class
teacher, form tutor or via the Senior Leadership Team, through consultation with
– We will arrange a specific time to call your child back for a counselling or listening
– Remote well-being interventions; this may involve students working one to one basis
on remote PSHE or therapeutic sessions to support their social, emotional and mental
wellbeing. These may include the following sessions:
- Ways of promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.
- Sleep and good sleep habits.
- Balancing time online with other activities.
- Managing online friendships and social media.
- Maintaining healthy eating habits and physical activity.
- Pet Therapy.
Referrals for this service are through your child’s class teacher or form tutor or via the Senior Leadership Team through consultation with parents.
Please note any disclosure of a safeguarding matter would need to be passed on social care, but in most cases we would contact parents or carers first.
Support for Parents and Carers:
We will also provide further advice and information to parents/carers within our school community. We can help parents with any worries that you may have in relation to your child’s education, behaviour and emotional well-being. We are also here for parents to talk to about their own mental well-being. We would like to offer the following service:
Whatsapp messaging support service, contact us via the mobile app Whatsapp (free
to download) with your questions or concerns and we will either respond via messages
or arrange a call back if you prefer. This will be available between 10 am – 4 pm
We have set up a designated mobile telephone line to provide our listening and support service, which is:
You can also contact me by email:
Also remember we have our advice and support email available for you to contact us on, this
is monitored daily by our Senior Leadership Team who can let me know if you would like me
to make contact.
https://citizensadviceleicestershire.org/get-advice/ – Leicestershire
http://www.sendiassleicester.org.uk/ – Leicestershire