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Emotional Well-Being at

St James

Our latest Ofsted report recognises that “Parents value the ‘family feel’ of the school and the way in which their children’s well-being is of central importance”.

The Hive is a very special place in our school and is always busy with many visitors.  The Hive is a room we mainly use for emotional literacy support sessions (ELSA sessions), interventions and the lunchtime MYspace quiet area. 

Inside the Hive you'll find a huge selection of toys and activities that help the children to understand their own emotions through play or relaxation.  We understand that children need to be happy and calm to be able to learn effectively. 

The Hive is often mentioned by the children as their favourite room in the whole school.  A place where they feel safe; somewhere to chat to a trusted adult and share their worries or celebrate successes.

Ask your child about the Hive.  We'd love to hear their thoughts. 

Remind your children that if they'd ever like to talk to an adult in school, to use the Express Yourself postbox by the library.  They can confidentially post a note which will be picked up by an adult.

Our mission is to bring out the best, and emotional well-being is a vital part of your child.


We have two trained ELSAs at St James (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), Mr Gardner and Mrs Marson.  They attend regular supervision groups with an Educational Psychologist.  This provides the school with brilliant support in managing emotional well-being.

Resources that have been compiled at St James by our ELSAs have been highly recommended by an Educational Psychologist and used by them to distribute to other local schools.

"The ELSA bubble tools developed by Mr Gardner are a thoughtfully-created and useful resource for planning, monitoring, and communicating the skills that children are developing in ELSA sessions." - Liz Carey, Educational Psychologist.

 A high accolade for our school.