Goldfinch Primary School works with Place2Be,, the UK's leading children's mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to help improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. 

The Place2Be team at Goldfinch

Our School Project Manager is Catriona Ross, who works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Christiane Montenegro is our Assistant School Project Manager who works at the school on Wednesday and Thursday. Our Parent Counsellor is Anna Costello, who runs a coffee and crafts group that is open to all parents every Wednesday 9.00-10.00. Catriona, Christiane and Anna are all qualified counsellors.

 How Place2Be helps pupils

Pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. Children can book a Place2Talk session with Catriona at their lunch time and attend on their own or in a group.

Place2Be also works with children individually, in small groups and do whole class sessions, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most, working closely with parents and school staff.  

There is a dedicated Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. This helps children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendship, learning and making the most of school.

Other support from Place2Be

Place2Be also offers support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Please do get in touch with our School Project Manager Catriona to find out more.

0208 773 7451

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 “Oh she has definitely changed…in the way she feels about her school life, her home life, and just the way she is in herself – she is a lot happier” – Parent


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