Pastoral Team

We believe in Wellbeing for Everyone
Meet our new Pastoral Team
Nikki Knight-Barnett

Safeguarding Responsibility, Pastoral Team and Mental Health Lead

Emma Slack

Arbor Champion and Pastoral Team

Our dedicated pastoral team was created to ensure that all members of our school community receive the support they need from us at Bollinbrook. Miss Nikki and Emma work to promote children’s safety and well-being, monitoring attendance and running specific interventions such as nurture groups or social skills groups. Miss Nikki is also our dedicated mental health lead in school.

We believe in creating resilient young people who:

  • Seek help when they need it
  • Cope with stress effectively
  • Have good problem-solving skills
  • Are able to manage their feelings and lives

Daily check-ins are an important part of the pastoral care that we offer and are part of the Restorative Approaches that we follow. Each teacher will check-in with all children during morning registration. Class teachers or Teaching Assistants will follow up with any children who may need further support. Additionally, some children have targeted daily check-ins with a named member of staff to support them in school.


All children feel anxious at some point during their school experience, this is a normal part of development. Anxiety can be displayed in many different ways, fear, worry, tummy ache, tears or aggression. Children experience anxiety for many different reasons, moving house, homework, parent’s separation or friendships and may not want to talk about it because they are embarrassed, scared or ashamed.

We work closely with Motivated Minds who support our children with mindfulness activities, self-regulation and much more.


This year, we have joined with a number of Cheshire East schools to be part of the roll out of myHappymind. We use this as an intervention to support children with managing their feelings of stress and help them understand how wonderful their brains are.

If you would like to know more information about the work of our pastoral team or want some advice or support, please email