St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School

We pray, We work, We play, We care, We do our best!


Devonshire Drive, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5RJ

01254 231277

LATEST NEWS : R.E. Inspection Report Out! (Please go to green R.E. tab and select 'Catholic Schools Inspectorate Report 2023'.........Important Dates : 3/10 - 'Let's Go Sing' join us in School........5/10 at 5:00 p.m. - PTFA Meeting in School......20/10 - Non-Uniform - 'Bring a Bottle in exchange'........20/10 School breaks up for half-term at 3:15 p.m.........31/10 - Open the Book join us for Worship........1/11 - Parent's Evening (2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)........10/11 - Non-Uniform - Chocolate........14/11 - Sing Together in School........21/11 - Open the Book join us for Worship........1/12 - Non-Uniform Day - Pint-Pots........6/12 - Christmas Panto at Blackburn Empire........6/12 - School Christmas Fayre........13/12 - Mount Carmel Carol Concert........20/12 - Christmas Bingo........21/12 - School Finishes at 1:30 p.m.

Mental Health & Well-being at St. Mary's

Senior Mental Health Lead: Mr Mashiter

 St. Mary's Mental Health Newsletter Spring 2023pptx.pdfDownload
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Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop their ability to be Ready, Responsible, and Respectful.

At St. Mary's, we support the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff. We have a supportive and caring ethos model of respect and kindness, where each individual is valued.  

We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.  We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  


We promote a mentally healthy environment through:

  • Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging

  • Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making

  • Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements 

  • Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others

  • Providing opportunities to reflect

  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs


If your child is having issues with their social, emotional or mental health, then they may need support with:

  • Attendance
  • Attention and listening skills
  • Low self-esteem
  • Managing anger
  • Forming and maintaining relationships
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Life outside school


Your child may benefit from:

  • Play Therapy - (see section below)
  • Behaviour support
  • Health Care Plan
  • Buddy System
  • Playground support
  • Access to quiet areas
  • Family Support
  • Pastoral support and guidance from a key member of staff
  • Lego Therapy
  • Support from the School Nurse
  • School-based nurture sessions
  • Support, advice & training from specialists


There may be a time when your children need access to our play therapist, Jen Hutchinson. If you feel that your children would benefit from this, please get in touch with school for more information. It might be that we make this suggestion to you but please be assured we will always seek parental consent first. Jen represents 'Jo Whalley Counseling Services' and provides a safe space for children who may be experiencing difficulties, helping them to explore their feelings and emotions in a non-judgemental environment. It has proved to be an extremely valuable service for our children in recent years. Please visit this page for more information.



Our two 'Well-Being Warriors' will be taking part in lots of activities to focus on the well-being of all of our children at St. Mary's this year. Please visit this page for more information.



We have a brand new nurture room that provides a safe and comfortable space for any of our children who might need access to it, with adult support. 


Positive Experiences

St. Mary's offers pupils many opportunities to do physical activities as well as opportunities to relax which both are ways to promote wellbeing and positive mental health.

  • Lunch games to play outside
  • Library to borrow books to read
  • Outside reading area
  • Friendship bench
  • Active learning
  • Nurture Provision Room
  • Home Learning Projects 
  • Themed days 
  • Charity days 
  • Christmas Fayres
  • Residential visits
  • Educational day visits 
  • After school clubs
  • Topic related visits and visitors

Celebrating Success

We like to celebrate our many successes together by:

  • Posting celebrations on our website and Facebook and in our weekly school newsletters to celebrate what is taking place
  • Displaying pupil’s work
  • Celebration Assembly each week
  • Class and Whole School Worship

Apps for Wellbeing and Mental Health