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Ruskington Chestnut

Street CofE

Primary Academy

Care. Believe. Grow

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Pastoral Care - The Nest

Hello and Welcome to The Nest at Chestnut Street. 



The Nest is provided to support and guide children, in the Nest we aim to help identify any barriers to a child's learning and then work with the child to remove the barrier so that the child can effectively participate in school life.


Your child's Class Teacher can refer your child to work in the Nest with Mr Hitch-Mountain or Mrs Wilson when they identify a need which requires additional support from that already provided within the classroom.  


If you have any concerns about your child's needs you can discuss these with your child's Class Teacher or email the school office and  a message will be passed on to the teacher and Mr Hitch-Mountain. 


The needs of a child are individual but some of the common issues supported by our staff include:


  • Friendship issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low levels of resilience
  • Anxiety / worries
  • Problems managing anger
  • Attendance 
  • Developing social skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Illness and Bereavement
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Parent on Deployment


The Nest Box - The children at school know that sometimes asking for help can be tricky. They know that if they need help or someone to talk to that they can access this support by leaving a message in the Nest Box located outside the doors to the Green Room. The children can leave a message just to let us know something or they may wish to leave us a message about something they would like to talk to someone about. Sometimes the children will just leave some good news that they want to share! 



Sensory Circuits


At Chestnut Street we are lucky enough to have our sensory room! The room allows children to complete some sensory circuits. This may be a break from work when our heads are feeling slightly jumbled, or we may visit if we need to take a minute out after a tricky situation. The Sensory Room also has a dark tent where we can go for a relax and recharge. In the KS2 area the children will also find another smaller sensory circuit area, which is perfect for a quick sensory break. 



A visit to the Nest could be anything from a game of Top Trumps to completing an Art task. We have lots of wonderful resources to share in this beautiful space. 



If your child is unsure when they can visit the Nest feel free to share this poster with them, these are displayed around school.









Thank you for taking the time to look at our page, we love our Nest and feel extremely lucky to be able to share this with our Children if you have any questions or want to have a chat about what happens in The Nest, please feel free to catch us at the gate or send an email to the school office. 


Many thanks, 

Mr Hitch-Mountain (Learning Mentor)


Mrs Wilson (SENCo)

As we all know sometimes we are in need of help and support, attached are some links to useful websites and services that may provide help to you and your families.









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