St Mary's Church of England Academy

'We promise to shine together.'

Let the light of your face shine upon us - Psalm 4:6

Thrive Tips

Free Parenting courses available - please take a look

Here are some links to websites that can offer advice and help for parents when needed.


Suffolk well being hub -


Childline -


School Nurse Text service - 07507 3333. The school nursing team will help with issues like emotional well being, healthy eating and staying safe on line on any other health concerns you may have for your children.


NHS - Every mind matters -


Young Minds -


Thrive Tips May 2021


Sometimes the hardest part of the school day for the children and for parents is saying goodbye at the school gate in the morning.  This has been made harder over recent months with the contact in school being restricted due to COVID regulations, combined with children having been at home for the last few months.  The difficulties that some children are having coming through the school gate in the mornings are a normal part of their emotional development and be assured that your child is not the only one  who does not want to leave their parents in the morning.

To help with that difficult transition there are some things that as parents you can do which would ensure an easier start to the day for both you and your children.

  • Stick to a daily routine as much as possible, and talk through the routine with your child – an illustrated version of your routine displayed at home as a reminder may help.
  • Be confident and upbeat when you say ‘goodbye’ to your child, they are good at picking up on your mood and if you are feeling anxious they will notice.
  • Take a step back from the gate and say something positive about their day ahead
  • Remind them that you are really looking forward to seeing them after school
  • Stand back from the gate a little and allow your child to take the final few steps on their own. Praise them for their independence.
  • Be confident to walk away once they are through the gate, long goodbyes can be difficult.

For some of our youngest children this is the longest they have been in school since December and we have noticed that they are tired, however please be assured that once they are in their classrooms and following the usual routine of their day they are happy and settled.

Thrive Tips March 2021


With all our children returning to school, and a slow move toward a normal way of living, things are starting to feel more positive. However, it has been a really difficult year for lots of us and the pressures of family life and looking after our children can feel harder at the moment.


You may find that even though children are back at school there are still things that they cannot do and are really missing, like visiting relatives, going to the park to meet friends or going to after school activities like swimming or football.  You may have found that their behaviour has changed, they could have become angry and defiant, or maybe withdrawn.


To help them manage this time, try doing things together that you enjoy as a family. Take time to listen to their worries or concerns, but keep those safe boundaries in place. Stick as much as possible to their normal routine, ensure that they come into school on time, having had a good breakfast and with everything, they need. Routines and boundaries help them to feel safe and secure.  


As  importantly though, look after yourselves now that you may have some time in the day to do so. Do some exercise, take time to relax, have a cuppa, chat to a friend. Looking after ourselves helps us to look after our children.


Here is a link to some short video clips, with tips that may help: Families Under Pressure


If you are at all worried or concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing please contact us in school, either through your child's class teacher or through the office. We are here to help, and by working together we will ensure all the children at St Mary's are able to shine.