Chaigeley provides a broad range of additional support for our pupils. The pastoral care of pupils is an essential element of meeting their special needs and making progress. On a daily basis, pupils have access to the Pupil Support and Therapy Services (see links) for both timetabled or ‘drop-in’ support as/when needed.

The links between  staff have been recognised by Ofsted as “fostering pupils enjoyment and achievement positively”. We also strive to develop positive relationships with parents/carers of our pupils , and with relevant outside agencies, so that each individual pupil gets the support they need to succeed at school.

Therapeutic support is considered an important and integrative part of the care provided for pupils at Chaigeley who may experience emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties. The goal of therapy within our school is to enhance the development and personal wellbeing of pupils, as well as provide advice and support for staff. In support of addressing the behaviours displayed by pupils, Chaigeley’s therapeutic team offer assessments and intervention to monitor and ensure the best outcome for individuals. By offering holistic and person – centred interventions we aim to support our pupils to reach their true potential, both personally and academically.

Referral reasons may include:

·         ADHD

·         Anger Issues

·         Attachment Issues     

·         ASD     

·         Abuse

·         Behaviour Problems    

·         Bereavement / Loss   

·         Bullied / Bullies

·         Communication Problems

·         Delayed Development

·         Nightmares     

·         Poor School Attendance          

·         Separated / Divorced Parents

·         Social Exclusion          

·         Trauma                       

·         LGBT+ difficulties

·         Mental Health – Anxiety/depression

·         Withdrawn Personality

·         Low self-esteem/worth


Therapeutic support offered at Chaigeley include: Play & Creative Arts Therapy, Counselling, Therapeutic Mentoring/Coaching and Speech and Language Therapy. 

We also publish a monthly newsletter offering advice, support and activities for families

Therapy Jan 2021 newsletter

TD newsletter Feb 2021 2

TD March 2021 newsletter

April 2021 TD

Therapy Dept Newsletter May 2021

TD newsletter June 2021

TD Newsletter July 2021

TD Newsletter Sept 2021

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Try some of our SALT/Therapeutic challenges during lockdown

Lockdown SALT Challenges



The aim of pupil support is to be a support service which offers social, emotional, mental health and academic support to pupils in a safe, calm, positive and welcoming environment. Please take time to read the attached document to get a full insight into the service provided by the team.

Pupil Support Guide Book


Speech and language therapy in Chaigeley school is supplied by Jane Mullen Speech Therapy Ltd.  The team provide support to students in all areas of language and communication.  Students benefit from regular on-site therapy sessions in a safe and welcoming environment with sessions tailored to the student’s specific needs in a fun and interactive way that helps to encourage engagement and generalisation. The therapists use a wide variety of approaches including Lego Therapy, Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations and Resilience activities to help students.   Developing social communication skills is crucial to developing positive relationships.  The therapy team works together with the school and provides regular training to staff in all areas of communication and language.



We support pupils who are capable of making a return to full time mainstream schooling following a longer period at Chaigeley. The re-integration back to mainstream is phased over a period of one or two terms, with the pupil spending increasingly more time at the new school each half-term. In the initial stages, a member of staff will accompany the pupil until he feels comfortable and confident in the new setting.


In school we have a member of  staff trained as a tutor of Team Teach. This training is for all members of staff that work directly with the young people who display challenging behaviours.

Training includes:

  • How to reduce the use of physical intervention and risk
  • The use of verbal, non-verbal de-escalation strategies before positive handling techniques are required
  • Using the least intrusive positive handling strategy and a continuum of gradual and graded techniques
  • Legislation and policy


At Chaigeley School we value the importance of recognising and promoting good mental health and wellbeing in our pupils’ and staff.

What is mental Health?

“ A state of (complete) physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”

“ The emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our own, and others, dignity and worth”

The World Health Organisation

We are developing a whole school approach to promote resilience and improve emotional wellbeing, preventing mental health problems from arising, and providing early support when they do.

We want to use different activities to inform our pupils’ what mental health and wellbeing is all about, listen and support.

We want to train our staff so they are well prepared to support pupils’, parent / carers

Below is a list of some useful resources and websites that can be easily accessed to provide further help and support.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

The following activities can be completed as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021


The sites below may help you in talking to children about Coronavirus and managing anxiety and also provides some general advice on managing anxiety and stress at this time

Tips on managing stress and supporting children through times of worry

In it Together

supporting children through virus

Mental Health Crisis line and Know Your Mind updated details Apr 20 – Crisis Line, HOS & KtYM social media posts April 2020

Bereavement Support – Information for children, families
and professionals during Covid-19 – 9 Bereavement Support

Managing Anxiety during Coronanvirus – Anxiety in children and the Coronavirus

British Psychological Society tips for talking to young people

Newsround video clip for children

Tips for families

Comic book style story about coronavirus

Social story Guide for parents and professionals Animation for older children A comic exploring coronavirus for young people Comprehensive guide for adults to manage a range of situations related to coronavirus

Update Advice for parents of children with SEN Advice from The Child Mind Institute ELSA coronavirus story for children  Parent resources from National Association of School Psychologists

Anxiety Resources (generic and targeted) World Health Organisation advice for maintaining good mental health at this time To support young people in managing virus related anxiety Advice for managing the volume of anxiety inducing news

Staying safe during COVID-19 A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse

Safety planning guide, victims and survivors, COVID-19


KOOTH – Kooth will continue to provide online mental health and wellbeing support to young people via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor. To find out more visit  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service. How to sign up to Kooth

Internet searches and safeguarding

leaflet Explaining CAMHS Referral to Parents

Leaflet for Pupils Explaining Mental Health


Mental Health Awareness – Surviving and Thriving

Mental Health counselling

Mental Health poster

Mental Health

Warrington IAPT Service – oct 20

Pupil Wellbeing Ambassador Programmes

Referring a Child to CAMHS

Self-harm and Suicidal Behaviours

Self-Harm Policy

Social, Mental and Emotional Health Policy

Stress Management Leaflet for Pupils

Supporting_Pupils with Anxiety_20170628

The Role of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Governor

The_Mental Health Green Paper ÔÇô What Schools Need to Know Generic tips to support good mental health website with activities to support children experiencing anxiety. Their YouTube channel has guided videos with relaxation, deep breathing and meditations

Trauma and the Brain

Undertakingan Effective Pupil Wellbeing Audit

YJS Teenage Relationship Abuse leaflet

Youth Mental Health First Aid




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