South Somerset Roll Out

'Thank you for yesterday's meeting – it was brilliant! The presentations were inspirational and I got loads out of it.' South Somerset Partnership School 


List by organisation of Champions for South Somerset

with twitter links where provided


Getset- Saveria Moss- Lead, Claire Price - Early Help Officer, West,  Lindsay Mundy- Early Help Officer Central, Sarah Rice, Cath Thomas, Denise Saunders


South Somerset Partnership School - Jonathan Ingrams - Teacher


Yarlington Social Housing - Gill Gillott

Gill Gillott- The Wellbeing Co-ordinator role is new to Yarlington. The role is designed to 'support and enable the vulnerable' thereby delivering on one of our 20 pledges for 2020. I provide bespoke packages of support by way of assessment and support planning to address highly complex needs through partnership working and role modelling.



 Post 16 Colleges



Secondary Schools


Holyrood Academy - Sam Davison, Trudi Bean, Sarah Parsons, Jason Swarbrick

Sam Davison is vice principal at Holyrood Academy in Chard. She is responsible for pastoral care at the Academy and is keen to develop strategies to improve this. She has recently initiated mindfulness training for staff, and is a keen NLP practioner.

Sarah Parsons is Vice Principal at Holyrood Academy and takes a personal interest in Mindfulness, recently starting mindfulness meditation. While on a recent maternity leave Sarah started to research how mindfulness could be introduce to school and is keen to initiate this with colleagues at Holyrood.

Trudi Bean is Pastoral Leader at Holyrood Academy, dealing with the pastoral needs of around 450 students in the academy. Trudi is also our link member of staff dealing with CAMHS, and as such has seen a significant increase in the emotional needs of our students.

Together we are hoping to cascade Emotional coaching to all of our staff, embed it in areas of our curriculum , such as PHSE and work with our partner schools in the wider community to give emotional coaching the profile it needs, to make positive changes for the young people we work with.


Preston School - Clare Wilson - PFSA

I am a Parent and Family Support Advisor (PFSA) for Preston Secondary School, Preston Primary School and Chilthorne Domer Primary School. This involves 1:1 and group emotional health work with children and young people and parenting support both on a 1:1 basis and through planned group programs. I am also a foster carer . I am excited to be able to take part in this project and feel positive about the contribution it will have on my thinking and my practice.


Stanchester Academy -   Gemma Glentworth

Gemma Glentworth - I am KS3 Co-ordinator and therefore oversee the pastoral care of KS3. I am always looking for ideas to improve, support and develop the emotional well being of our pupils. I have a keen interest in P4C and have completed a Level 1 course in this and also have an interest in Building Learning Power.


Wadham School,  Crewkerne - Sue Dymel

Sue has joined our project from the Bath Spa Attachment Aware Schools Programme and is a SENCo in three schools including Wadham School

Westfield Academy - Sharron Ricketts

I am really passionate about empowering young people to have a deeper understanding of themselves and for practitioners to hear their voice. I am employed as a PFSA in Westfield Academy and Huish Primary and volunteer as the lead Governor in SEN and Safeguardig for a local middle school too. I would love to become part of the tem and to hopefully pass on my knowledge to schools.


Middle Schools

Swanmead Community School, Ilminster - Anna Arnold

Anna is attending the Taunton Deane training


Primary Schools and Early Years

Holy Trinity Primary - Claire West - Teacher


Manor Court Primary - Adrian Mitchell - Head Teacher and Sally Nutt

Adrian Mitchell- Headmaster at Manor Court Primary School, Chard. I joined the school in September 2013, this is my first headship. I want the very best for everyone in my school and if tapping into their emotional wellbeing helps us as a school achieve this, then it's going to have a massive impact on the progress and achievements of our young people

Sally Nutt - Key Stage 1 Leader and class yeacher in year2. Sally has worked at Manor Court since 2007 and as a member of the team here has been through all the ups and downs the school has experienced. She is well respected by all at Manor Court and is a key memnber of our Senior Leadership Team. Recently she has been integral to the roll out of the new curriculums and assessment procedures, which places her perfectly to help implement this important initiative.


Milford Juniors - Kate Field


Milford Play Group- Karen Wieck


Neroche Primary School - Claire Small


Oaklands Community Primary- Carl Hancock 


St Margaret's Tintinhull - Lesley Macdonald 

Sticky Fingers, Templecombe- Mary Harris

Sunshine Morning Nursery- Jo Halley

Thurlbear Primary School - Nicole Chedzoy



 Other including specialised

Autism and communications Service - Nicola Barratt

Teacher in Charge of the Communication Base at Bucklers Mead Academy.

My teaching journey working primarily with students with SEND began when I began teaching at a specialist further education college for young people on the Autistic Spectrum. I then joined Somerset Autism and Communication Service where I have spent four years teaching in both on-site and off-site Autism and Communication Bases. I have worked with many young people who have struggled within the mainstream school environment and hope that cascading this initiative will help young people, both with and without SEND, to understand their emotions and find strategies to self-manage these and also to better equip staff to support them with this. I am keen to implement this project within the mainstream school environment, but also to roll this out to my colleagues across the Autism and Communication Service.


Knightstone Housing - Penny Schofield


MIND - Allie Hayward


Parent Family Support Workers and Advisors - Karen Leafe, Amie Hancock


Karen Leafe -  I'm a Parent and Family Support Advisor and Life Coach, covering the Ham Hill Primaries including Ilcheater to South Petherton. I work mostly with parents, children and sometimes teaching staff, providing individually tailored support, training and parent coaching to help children achieve and thrive. I also have previously worked intensively with teenagers, in youth settings and in family work. I'm passionate about making a positive impact. 

School counsellor - Mary Cooper


Extended Group of Friends welcome to attend the last 4 half day workshops

Dr Maya Spencer - Mindfulness Trainer

Justine Corrie - Mindfulness Trainer, Psychotherapist and .be in schools

Justine Corrie - I am a mindfulness based psychotherapist and trainer delivering the Mindfulness in Schools project .b 'mindfulness for teens' curriculum. As well as offering the .b program as the full 9-week course I also offer bespoke 1-off workshops to schools to provide an introduction to Mindfulness and some simple and effective tools that students can take away. I also offer twilight sessions for teachers and parents to give a taste of .b and tools to support young people by creating a culture of mindfulness.

Kate Lee- Senior Educational Psychologist and ELSA trainer

Jenny Coram - Ilchester Primary

Rachel Murtagh- Bruton School for Girls

Dan Palmer - REACH

Director and Founder of REACH Alternative Education Provision in Somerset. We have partnered with Sarah for over 12months for joint support and very keen to help provide assisting leading role with the emotion coaching.

Tracey Smith, Our Place, Martock

Danielle Aslam- Social Worker

Gill Bawler- Troubled Families Co ordinator

Alison Cox, Education and Prevention Co Ordinator (Supported Housing), Knightstone Housing

A P2I (Prevention to Independence) hub will operate in each district serving as a main access point for young people and will provide advice and information on a range of issues and provide assessment, co-ordination and support to all those young people that need it. After a triage process each young person entering the pathway will have an integrated and holistic independence plan agreed with them that reflects their individual needs, their preferences, their strengths and ambitions. For some young people their plan will may involve the needs to access accommodation based service for others it will not”


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