Home / School Partnership at Sarisbury

Working and learning together

Home School Link Work and Emotional Literacy Support at SJS

At Sarisbury, we understand the importance of working in partnership to support children and families. Building positive relationships within our family community is an essential aspect of our school’s work and we hope the following links will provide a helpful source of information and support. Alongside this Home / School Link Work, we can also
offer support for your child with their social and / or emotional well-being. 

Our Home School Link Worker and Emotional Literacy Support Assistants at Sarisbury are Mrs Durnford and Ms Wells – Please do contact them if you have any concerns – details are included below:



Mrs Durnford – telephone 01489 573000 or email – j.durnford@sarisbury-jun.hants.sch.uk
Ms Wells – telephone 01489 573000 or email – s.wells@sarisbury-jun.hants.sch.uk
or simply drop in at Reception.
Advice and support available is wide ranging but can include:


  • if you are experiencing difficulties with your child’s behaviour or emotional well-being
  • if you would like support while coping with life changes such as parental separation and bereavement
  • if you would like help with your child’s attendance
  • if you would like help with wider issues of difficulties impacting family life e.g. illness, domestic violence, disability, financial difficulties
  • if you would like support in forging positive relationships with the school
  • if you need signposting to other services for support, help and advice
  • if you need help to make early help referrals to enable multi-agency family support

For mental health support and advice for your child:

Hampshire Child & Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Young Minds
Mind Education

For supporting your child through bereavement:

Simon Says


For legal, financial and family advice:

Advice Now
Family Links


The following websites are also a helpful source of support and further information:


www.southernhealth.nhs.uk – our school nursing team can also hold drop in visits and workshops at school

www.nhs.uk/change4life – lots of ideas about healthy eating and keeping active for all the family

www.nspcc.org.uk – tips and guidance when talking to your child about keeping safe

Family Well Being Pack During Covid-19


Checking eligibility for free school meals:

The criteria for qualifying for free school meals has been amended in recent years and the process for checking eligibility is now straight forward and easy to access. By clicking the link below and entering a few basic details (name, date of birth and national insurance number) you will be able to find out instantly if you are eligible. Even if the check comes back as negative initially, the checks are made on a national system which is linked to the HMRC so if your circumstances change and you become eligible the system will update and both you and the school will be notified.

Please rest assured that if your child is registered as eligible for free school meals this is completely anonymous. Children order lunches in exactly the same way and no one is aware of any difference. This also means that the school may be able to provide financial support with school visits and residentials.

Free School Meals Check