Wykeham Primary School

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"Place2Be helps you feel less angry, make friends, get more confident, sort out your problems, make you feel special, make everything better." – Year 5 pupil

“When I feel worried, it’s like I’m in a maze and the people in Place2Be are coming with a torch and showing me the way” – Boy

“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

"Place2Be helps you feel less angry, make friends, get more confident, sort out your problems, make you feel special, make everything better." – Year 5 pupil

“My daughter had become such a different person – one we didn’t recognise – but since counselling we see signs of our old loving daughter coming back.” – Parent


What difference does Place2Be make in your child’s school?

Place2Be is a national charity working in over 257 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children. We help children to develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills. When they are supported in this way, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.


How we help children

All pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. These short lunchtime sessions are open to individuals and to groups.

Place2Be also works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. The school will often refer children for this service.

We always obtain written consent from parents or carers before working with children.


How we help families

We routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. Place2Be also run A Place for Parents, offering adults counselling support for any issues they may have.



How we help schools
Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of children and advises and supports the school leadership which helps the whole school to thrive.


How Place2Be works

There is a special Place2Be room inside the school where children can go to express and think about their worries, through talking, creative work and play. Adults that are qualified to work therapeutically, called School Project Managers, support this process, helping children to find new ways of coping with difficulties so they don’t get in the way of friendships or learning.


Times when we’re especially useful

There are times when children feel particularly sad, confused, fearful or angry, due to, for example,  family challenges such as separation or illness, or even the death of a much-loved pet. Some children may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour. That’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.


Who is eligible for Place2Be?

Any child requiring emotional support for any reason.


How does Place2Be work with adults?

Place2Be provides support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Get in touch with the Place2Be staff member below to find out more.

Place2Be always gets agreement from parents or carers before they support a child through one-to-one counselling. They also meet with parents or carers regularly to keep them updated and make sure they are involved from the start.


Any questions

You are welcome to talk to our Place2Be School Project Manager; either face-to-face or via telephone or email.

At Wykeham Primary, our School Project Manager is Ms Melanie Grange

You can contact her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

via email on melanie.grange@place2be.org.uk or mobile on 0789098495


To find out more about Place2Be, please visit our website: www.place2be.org.uk


One of the most popular aspects of our service is called ‘Place2Talk’. It is open to all pupils, and they can make an appointment to spend fifteen minutes with a trained counsellor, either by themselves or with a friend or friends. Pupils often talk about friendships or any worries they may have. On average, about a third of pupils in Place2Be’s schools take advantage of this service every year. 

Place2Be will record your child’s name, date of birth, year group, gender, ethnicity, the broad topic of discussion and any actions taken as a result of the session.  This information is stored securely. It is used in a key coded form to evaluate Place2Be’s service and improve our work.  Please click here for a separate information sheet. 

Parenting Smart

As a Place2Be partner school, our families are able to access free resources which can help them support their child’s wellbeing.  Click on this link to access the Parenting Smart - Online Course.


Parenting Smart Online Course Dates

  • Autumn term:
    • Tuesday 14th November – Friday 8th December
  • Spring term:
    • Tuesday 16th January – Friday 9th February
    • Tuesday 27th February – Friday 22nd March
  • Summer term:
    • Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 17th May
    • Tuesday 10th June – Friday 5th July



Family Lives

Please click the link above to access the Family Lives page 


Brent Talk Therapies

Please click here to access the Brent Talk Therapies page 

Brent Family Wellbeing Centres

Please click here to access the Brent Council Family Wellbeing Centres page