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Headteacher: Mrs Catherine Bordoli

Oliver's Battery Primary and Nursery School

Creative, Caring, Confident Learners for Life

"Pupils like attending this school because everyone is so caring" - Ofsted, October 2019

Family and Pupil Support

Meet the team

The Acting Inclusions Lead for Autumn Term 2021 is Carly Redfern.

Sarah Flood Child and Family Support Worker – I trained in Education as an early year’s practitioner, at the University of Southampton. I have worked in a number of different settings from early years, children centres, domestic abuse and a mental health unit. I have extensive experience working with and supporting children and families. My role, as C&FSW, is to support the children with their social and emotional needs and support their wider families. 

The Den - We have created a fantastic space where children can come along and access some great support. We are able to support children with a number of different social and emotional needs. We feel that the children thrive in this space and are made to feel valued, cared for and supported with whatever they are going though.

ELSA - What does this mean?

ELSAs are teaching assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children and young people in school. ELSAs have regular professional supervision from educational psychologists to help them in their work. ELSAs plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work can be delivered on an individual basis or small group work. Sessions are fun and use a range of activities such as: games, arts and craft and talking about our emotions

Child and Family Support - What does this mean? 

A Child and family support worker is a qualified and experienced member of staff who is able to support families and children with factors happening outside of school that may well be affecting their time in school. Family support is the link between home life and school life, fostering good communication with parents/carers and ensuring they feel supported. Family support is able to signpost on to other outside agencies such as Young Carers, Foodbanks, Mental Health teams and Children’s Services. 

What we offer 


Grounded in established neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach has been developed over the past 25 years and draws on a wealth of experience in social work, psychotherapy and education. As a result of implementing the Thrive Approach, children and young people are better placed to engage with their learning and with life.

Drama Therapy

Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals. Drama therapy can take many forms depending on individual and group needs, skill and ability levels, interests, and therapeutic goals. Processes and techniques may include improvisations, theatre games, storytelling, and enactment. Many drama therapists make use of text, performance, or ritual to enrich the therapeutic and creative process. The theoretical foundation of drama therapy lies in drama, theatre, psychology, psychotherapy, anthropology, play, and interactive and creative processes.

Therapeutic Story writing 

These sessions are designed for children with social, emotional and mental health whose emotional difficulties are getting in the way of their academic learning. Not only does the research show that children's emotional literacy improves - improvements in self-esteem and confidence as well as any friendship difficulties subsiding, there is a positive impact on their academic literacy progress as well.

How to contact 

Telephone - 01962 869496

Helpful Links  - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. This is the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.  The purpose of the Winchester Basics Bank is to provide an emergency food and clothing service for people who are facing difficulty following an unexpected event in their lives. We can make referrals  for you  The School Nursing service works in partnership with children, young people and their families to ensure that pupil’s health needs are supported within their school and their community.   The Primary Behaviour Service primarily works with mainstream primary schools. The service supports children who do not currently have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and who go to school in Hampshire.  Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales.