Barley Close Community Primary School
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Family Support



I have worked a Barley Close for 14 years (a long time I know!) and have seen many families come and go over the years. I am passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of the children and families who make Barley Close their school.  As a mum of two sons who attended the school I understand some of the issues that can affect us as parents. Our role is to support parents and carers to be involved with all aspects of their child's school life.


I can offer emotional and practical support to families, to empower individuals to face life's challenges. You are always welcome to pop into The Hive - student nurture room and family support centre - for a chat or just to say Hi.  I have biscuits too!  Alternatively you can email me on


I work with students to help them address barriers (and potential barriers) to learning through supportive one-to-one sessions. The aim is to build confidence , resilience and to raise aspirations. Making their experience of school a positive one. 


Listed below are just some of the issues We can advise and support families on.


    Mental or physical health issues

    Getting to school on time and good attendance

    Supporting parents and carers to get involved in school life

    New starts and settling in

    Training, education and employment

    Housing and debt worries

    Family relationship problems

    Bereavement and loss

    Training and education

    Volunteering in the community 

    Drug and alcohol awareness

    Parenting skills and one to one support.

    Counselling skills

    Behaviour Issues

    Lunchtime Concerns

    Family Circumstances affecting your child​                                                                               Eg: bereavement, parental separation etc.

    Concerns about playtimes/friendships

    Medical/Health Concerns

    Homework Concerns

    Transition to Secondary School

    Provide information about school procedures and policies​






As well as offering individual support to families, we can help parents access courses in a variety of subjects within the local community and accompany parents/carers to various services if required.


    Adult literacy and numeracy classes.

    Parenting classes

    Play Sessions during school holidays

    Managing children's behaviour.

    Stress management.

    Self-esteem building

    Literacy  project


If we can't help directly then we are able to offer support and point parents, and their families, in the right direction to the person that can.






The South Glos Directory has links to many services to help support you and your family.


AWP crisis line number has changed: 0800 953 1919 and that the CAMHS direct crisis line number is 0800 953 9599 (for use in a crisis, rather than attending A&E or calling 999)


What's available from South Glos over the summer holidays

Save the date :  Wednesday 21st February 2024 at 9.00am

South Glos Parents and Carers coffee morning.

Anxiety and difficulties attending school. 

This workshop will aim to support anyone whose child is finding coming to school a challenge.  There is no need for a diagnosis or for your child to be on the SEN register.  


  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: