St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA



SERIS (Supporting Emotional Resilience In Schools) is unique to Barrow and we are very lucky to be able to offer the children this service through our highly trained Pastoral Team,

Sometimes life for your child can be difficult, they may have had a row with their brother, their pet may have died or they may find relationships in school difficult.  It really helps them if they have someone who they can talk things through with. At St Pius X, we have well-trained staff to help our pupils deal with any problems or concerns they have. 

Our Pastoral Team attends relevant and regular training including: anger management, counselling skills, young minds and mental health, self harm and suicide and loss, separation and bereavement (to name a few). 


The aims of pastoral support at St. Pius X:

  • To provide support that meets the differing needs of all children so that each child is equipped with the skills to cope with life.
  • To support children to address social, spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs.
  • To maintain an atmosphere in which children feel secure, are encouraged in their learning, growth and social development and know that they are valued within a healthy and safe environment.
  • To reassure parents/carers their children are being educated in a safe and nurturing environment.
  • To encourage pupils to recognise and reflect upon our core Gospel values, for example. Compassion, Forgiveness and Love.
  • To work with a range of stakeholders, parents, support staff, outreach agencies and other schools to ensure the continuity and progress of individual pupils.


Meet Our Pastoral Team- 

Mrs Debra Hurley

Mrs Lorraine Brennan

Mrs Jo Lingard


Therapeutic Play

Therapeutic Play supports building self-esteem and confidence while developing an emotional understanding. Children are given the opportunity to explore their emotions and experiences. This is all done through play. 


ELSA ( Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Helping children learn to understand their emotions and feelings of those around them. Time and space is provided for children to think about their personal circumstances and how to manage them. Most programmes will last for 6 to 12 weeks, helping the children to learn some specific new skills or coping strategies.