After-school clubs re-start this week and there are still some places available in some clubs. You can check this through the school gateway.

St Mary's Farnham Royal Church of England Primary School

Founded in Faith focused on Family and fulfilling Future potential

Support for Families

Pastoral Support for Families

There are times when we all need a little help.  Maybe we just need a chance to talk or just to be able to share with someone how we feel.  Or maybe we want somebody to help us solve an issue that has been worrying us or that we have been thinking about for a while.  This is where our Pastoral Support Team can be there to support or help you or a member of your family.


At St Mary’s Farnham Royal we want everybody who is part of our school community to feel they are doing and being the best they can be, giving their all and striving for personal success in all things. This is the same for not only you as pupils but also for the adults that work in school and for your adults at home.  But to be able to do and be the best that you can, you need to feel the best that you can and there are times when we all need some help and support to feel the best that we can.  This is where the Pastoral Support Team aim to help.


So who are the Pastoral Support Team?

Well actually every adult working at school helps to make up part of the Pastoral Support Team at SMFR. We all work together to ensure you all feel safe, cared for, have someone to talk to and can share worries or issues you have. These could be about you or about someone you care about. Mr Farmer is our Pastoral Support Leader.


Who does the Pastoral Support Leader work with?

Individual or groups of children.

Teachers and other members of staff.

Parents and Carers.

External agencies that can support children or families such as Social Services, Local Authority Agencies, Health professionals, the Police, Local support groups and housing agencies.


The Pastoral Support Fund

Through the support of local people, families at SMFR and local businesses, we have been able to create the Pastoral Support Fund.  This a fund that aims to provide financial support to families at times when they most need it.  This may be through helping with essential items for home, support with uniform or transport costs.  Any family with pupils at SMFR can apply to receive support from the fund.  


To do this, please contact Mr Farmer to find out more or complete the form below, email it to and then he will make contact with you directly.  

Pastoral Support Fund application form

Support with the Cost of Living Crisis

The current cost of living is something that is impacting not just families but children themselves.  Many children are so aware of how the cost of things is impacting the wellbeing of their parents and this then is impacting their own wellbeing.  SMFR work to support families with any issues that effect them.  Here are some useful sources of support currently available:


Support during these tricky times

Thinking positively and looking to find good things around you and your family can really help you.  Keeping a routine, helping children to complete some school work, taking exercise and taking time for yourself are very important to help keep yourself and your family feeling good.  This is so important for all.  But there are times when we may all feel overwhelmed with the situation and it is important to recognise that this is ok and perfectly natural. It can be how we help ourselves and those around us at these times that can make the most difference and not just being angry or upset with ourselves.   


To help you take time for yourself or to help you think and feel positive here are some useful websites and resources for you and your family.  Take a look ......They may really help!


NHS Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies is a free NHS service here to support the residents of Berkshire aged 17+ who may be struggling with difficulties including: low mood, anxiety and stress.

If you are in need of support you can call the Talking Therapies admin team on 0300 365 2000, alternatively you can sign up via their website referral form - click here


Number 22 - Counselling Service for all residents of Slough< Windsor & Maidenhead

BBC Headroom - support for all moods and needs

Helping with Parental Burnout

ICON Cope - support with new babies

Think U Know - support for online safety.

NHS Looking After Ourselves

Every Mind Matters - Staying Home Advice

Mentally Healthy Schools - Tool kit and Resources

Young Minds

Barnardo's See, Hear, Respond

Anna Freud Support for Families

Mind - Well-being

Minded - Top rated well-being support

NHS Mood Zone - where can I get help?

Big White Wall - community support

Relate - talk to someone for support

Rise Above - helping teenagers and families

Parent Gym - sessions and advice

Place to Be - parenting support

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - variety of support

Mind Ed - resources to support learning and well-being

The Children's Sleep Charity - support to help sleeping

Family Lives - 24 hour support for families

Storicise - help to answer children's questions about Coronavirus


You are not alone! We are all here to help and do what ever we can. But if there is a time you feel you need something more,  here are some phone numbers that will be able to help.


Samaritans  - 116 123

CALM - 0800 58 58 58

Young Minds - 0800 018 2138

Childline - 0800 1111

No Panic - 0844 967 4848

SANE - 0300 304 7000

Get Connected - 0808 808 4994


As always, if there is anything we can do to support you specifically please do contact us at school.  We are here for you!     Tel: 01753 644471


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The Mental Health Support Team  (Slough)

While we are not a Slough School in terms of address, most of our children and families live in Slough and so we are looking to engage the support and services offered by the Slough MHST team. Their aim is to improve access to mental health support for young people and families to help prevent mental health difficulties and provide support early on. 


You can download an information leaflet just below the video.


If SMFR can help in any way with any question or request for support please do contact Mr Farmer.


MHST Slough Information Leaflet

Mental Health Support Team CAMHS

About the CAMHS Mental Health Support Team

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