William Patten Primary School
Stoke Newington Church Street
London N16 0NX
Office Manager: Rita Quigley
SENDCo: Caitlin Shaw

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William Patten Primary School


Wellbeing and Mental Health

At William Patten we believe that supporting children’s social and emotional well-being is a crucial part of their childhood journey. Learning to understand and manage our feelings early on, gives us vital social and emotional skills for later in life. We are committed to providing an environment where children talk about their own wellbeing and mental health. We teach them to notice their emotions, talk about how they are feeling and develop good emotional intelligence. Pupils learn to effectively communicate their own emotions, build resilience and understand how other people may be feeling.

We support all of our pupils to learn the following:

Knowing Emotionsrecognising a feeling as it happens

Managing Emotionswhat to do to help themselves if they feel anxious or upset

Handling Relationshipsform positive and respectful relationships with others

Empathy – be aware and understanding of other people’s emotions

Self-Motivationbe in charge of their emotions rather than controlled by them

The mental health and wellbeing of the whole school community is supported by the Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHWB) Team, which has been developed alongside the Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools (WAMHs) Project.

 The MHWB Team consists of:

MHWB Lead – Sian Davies (DHT)

Place2Be School Project Manager – Sarah Fowler

CAMHs Worker in School (CWiS) – Lora Linhares-Marx  currently on maternity leave (cover TBC)

Mental Health Support Team (MHST) – Cansu Yilmaz     currently on maternity leave (cover TBC)

SENDCO – Caitlin Shaw

Staff, Parent and Pupil Wellbeing Champions – Luke (Y3 Teacher) and Jane (School Admin Team)

Wellbeing Governor – Nandi Simpson

Wellbeing and good mental health is at the heart of everything we do: when we talk to each other, through our curriculum, awareness events and special assemblies. We care for and support each other – making William Patten a very special place.

MHWB Policy:

The Family Coach Service is a team of 2 (Rachel and Emily). Together they work under the Educational Psychologist Service within Hackney’s Integrated SEND Services to provide coaching opportunities for families of SEN.

They are a needs-based service which means families do not need an official diagnosis or EHC Plan to access their services. Just an identified need or difference in any of the 4 areas of SEND:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Health Difficulties
  • Sensory or Physical Needs.

If you are unsure whether they are a service for you, please contact them at and we will be happy to address any concerns or answer any questions

For further information about the Family Coaching Service…


As both Lora (CWiS) and Cansu (MHST), our link workers from WAMHs, are on maternity leave, we are currently unable to run WAMHs parent workshops here at William Patten.

If you have any concerns about your child’s mental health, please contact:

Sian Davies (Inclusion Lead) or Sarah (Place2Be)

If you have any concerns about your child’s additional needs, please contact:

Caitlin Shaw (SENDCO)


Children’s Mental Health Week will take place from 5-11 February 2024. 

The theme this year is ‘My Voice Matters’.

My Voice Matters is about empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves.

As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health.

This year, we want to empower children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to work together to create a positive change for their mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is for Children’s Mental Health Week, we want all children and young people to be able to say – and believe – “My Voice Matters.”

Check out our official free resources for families below.

Families – Children’s Mental Health Week (