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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together


Learning Mentor/Family Support 

Here at Colston’s we believe being a parent is one of the most challenging, rewarding and important roles that anyone can have.  All the children with us deserve to be supported from their earliest years so they can develop the life skills they will need to grow into happy healthy young people.

What do we offer at Colston’s Primary?

As Learning Mentor at Colston’s, I will be working with children, mainly with Pupil Premium status or who have English as an Additional Language, who require assistance in overcoming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential. I will be providing a complimentary service to teachers and other staff addressing the needs of the children. These barriers may include:

  • Low attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Difficulties at home
  • Personal Organisation
  • Dealing with Bereavement
  • General disaffection and disengagement from learning.

We at Colston’s can also support you as a family, providing support during key times. These could be:

  • Birth of a new baby, starting school, relationship problems, illness or bereavement and mental health issues.
  • Signposting support for parents who wish to return to work or education.
  • Signposting support for parents with financial worries, housing issues or debt problems.


 If I can be of any assistance please contact me via the school office 0117 377 2610 or



Don’t forget we hold coffee mornings each Tuesday after drop off, alternating between our Elmgrove school hall and Cotham Grove school hall.  Come along for coffee, cake and a friendly chat.


Hope to see you there.

Jane Gray


Some useful links...

For the Pupil Premium online application please follow link.

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. For help or further information please follow the link.

Issues around drugs and alcohol dependency or misuse for either oneself or a family member  you may be concerned about. For help or further information follow the link to the Bristol Drugs Project.

Off the Record is a support service for people aged 11-25 years olds. For help or further information follow the link to 'Off the Record'.

Pennywise is a Big Lottery Funded project in Bristol. It aims to give people financial skills to make their money work better for them. A team of four Money Mentors work across Bristol, giving free and confidential advice via one-to-one appointments. For help or further information follow the link to Penny wise.

A positive parenting booklet produced by the NSPCC The Bristol City Parenting Menu outlining parenting courses and workshops beginning in Term 5 (April / May 2015) –click on the below link. Naldic is a leading EAL website with up to date research and links to resources – click on the below link.