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Leighfield Primary School in Uppingham opens a quiet room




Leighfield Primary School in Uppingham has joined a number of other Rutland primary schools which have converted under-used facilities into quiet rooms for use by their pupils, writes Miles Williamson-Noble.

The rooms provide a welcoming space away from the pressures of the playground, and a place where the pupils can talk confidentially in a calming environment with the emotional literacy support assistant (Elsa) or other pastoral care staff.

Leighfield had a room that housed computer servers and other resources which it was able to redesign to give a clear space for the quiet room.

Front - Leighfield’s wellbeing ambassadors Henry, Amelie, Carys and Max in the quiet room with, from left,Ron Simpson of Uppingham Rotary, Miles Williamson-Noble of Rutland First, Hugh Holden of Uppingham Rotary, High Sheriff of Rutland Margaret Miles, emotional literacy support assistantRebecca Piggott and head teacher Sarah Eaton
Front - Leighfield’s wellbeing ambassadors Henry, Amelie, Carys and Max in the quiet room with, from left,Ron Simpson of Uppingham Rotary, Miles Williamson-Noble of Rutland First, Hugh Holden of Uppingham Rotary, High Sheriff of Rutland Margaret Miles, emotional literacy support assistantRebecca Piggott and head teacher Sarah Eaton

The room was equipped and decorated to provide an attractive and comfortable space using funds very kindly donated by Uppingham Rotary and a private donor.

Rutland First and its Resilient Rutland project into improving mental health and wellbeing throughout Rutland’s schools acted as the go-between, identifying potential donors and then putting them in touch with the school.

Henry and Max are two of the school’s wellbeing ambassadors. They report that “it is our job to help the children of Leighfield be happy in and out of school: if someone is sad, or has no one to play with, we try to help them by finding someone for them play with or play with them.

“There is a quiet room which is run by the Elsa, Mrs Piggott. It is a place for children to go if something troubling is going on in your life or if you are in Mrs Piggott’s group.

“We really like the layout of the room, and it is so nice to come in here when you are feeling stressed out and worried.”

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