Primary School

A partner school within the John Taylor MAT


Rykneld Wellbeing Team

Meet our Team


My name is Mrs Evans. I have been a teaching assistant for 11 years and have been at Rykneld for just over 7 years. Previous to this role, I lived and worked as a Teaching Assistant in Cornwall.

For the last 3 years I have been the HOPE (Helping Our Pupils Emotions) Mentor for our KS2 children. I have run lunchtime relaxation classes for our year 5 and year 6 children as well as ‘drop in’ sessions for our young people. I am also trained in Mental Health First Aid  

I enjoy sport, in particular Snowboarding and I enjoy going for a run and working out. I also love yoga, relaxation and mindfulness.

My name is Mrs Fry. I’ve been a teaching assistant for 12 years and have been at Rykneld for 8 of those years. 

I run a homework club and book club and deliver 1-1 and small group interventions in KS2. 

I will be delivering the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) programme to support children to understand and regulate their emotions whilst also respecting the feelings of those around them. I am also trained in Mental Health First Aid.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dogs, reading, learning Spanish and I’m a keen supporter of Manchester United FC.



Our dedicated Wellbeing Team was created to ensure that all members of our school community felt supported. We believe that wellbeing is for everyone. We want to ensure that the support needed is recognised and implemented, and that all school staff work cohesively together with the schools Wellbeing Team.

Our school ethos is underpinned in our Mental Health and Wellbeing approach. We want our young people to Achieve the best they can, Believe in themselves and others and Care for themselves and those around them. Our team are here to support a range of children who are experiencing emotional difficulties that is impacting on their learning

We believe in our young people being:

  • Independent and resilient
  • Able to seek help when they need it
  • Able to manage their feelings
  • Able to problem solve

As we are committed to helping and supporting our wider school community, we have a parent support group ‘Rykneld SOUL’ which meet for coffee mornings, informal talks and is there for general support.


What we offer

The Wellbeing Team offer a range of interventions to support emotion wellbeing:


HOPE – A listening service that provides one to one support for children who are having emotional difficulties.




ELSA – A programme based on teaching children emotional language in order for them to be able to talk about their feelings and emotions.


The Haven

We may offer specific one to one interventions with children or have group sessions. All meetings and interventions with our young people take place within The Haven. It is a quiet and calming room where our young people are able to feel safe and secure.




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If you wish to contact us you can either call the school and request a call back or email us on the following email address:       




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