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Aiming High and Caring for Everyone.

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

The Nest



The Nest is a Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) provision located within Christ Church and St Peters Church of England Primary School in the north Leicestershire village of Mountsorrel.  This specialist provision opened at the end of August 2019 and supports the needs of up to 10 learners who have been identified as requiring a specialised education in order to meet their SEMH needs. 


The Nest Ethos


Our clear vision and ethos is based upon the foundations of;


Nurture: Supporting pupils to make relationships, learning about themselves and others whilst gaining skills for life


Engage: Delivering an individualised curriculum for the needs of each pupil in order for them to develop their talents and flourish through play and discovery


Safety: A secure environment allowing children to take risks, understand boundaries and to feel part of the Nest family


Trust: Working together with families and other agencies for the best outcomes of every individual


The Nest Aims


Our main aim at the Nest is to support the acquisition of the required skills to enable the children to access the next stage of their educational journey which would ideally be a structured return to the mainstream classroom. However we fully understand and support the fact that this may not be the case for all pupils.


The Nest journey for every child will be different and staff will work closely with families and outside agencies to monitor, review and develop provision. As an outward facing organisation which is keen to learn from others and to achieve the best outcomes for the individuals the Nest is committed to staff development.


The Nest offers a range of opportunities for children and young people to engage with missing early nurturing experiences, giving them the social and emotional skills to do well at school and with peers, develop their resilience and their capacity to deal more confidently with the trials and tribulations of life, for life. We follow these approaches to help our children to reach their full potential.

6 Principles of Nurturing


A nurturing approach recognises that positive relationships are central to both learning and wellbeing. A key aspect of a nurturing approach is an understanding of attachment theory and how early experiences can have a significant impact on development. It recognises that all school staff have a role to play in establishing the positive relationships that are required to promote healthy social and emotional development and that these relationships should be reliable, predictable, and consistent where possible. A nurturing approach has a key focus on the school environment and emphasises the balance between care and challenge which incorporates attunement, warmth and connection alongside structure, high expectations and a focus on achievement and attainment. It is based on the understanding of 6 Nurturing Principles:


  1. Children's learning is understood developmentally
  2. The classroom offers a safe base
  3. The importance of nurture for the development of wellbeing
  4. Language is a vital means of communication
  5. All behaviour is communication
  6. The importance of transition in children's lives


The six principles of nurture were developed by Educational Professionals Eva Holmes and Eve Boyd (1999). 

Thrive Approach


Thrive is a systematic approach that combines an online assessment, monitoring and an individualised action planning tool that enables the Nest the need to be able to support the social and emotional development of all of the children. It focuses on neuroscience, cognition and attachment theories, which helps practitioners form secure attachments and build a safe space for open communication and development of an effective stress regulation system.


Thrive consists of six developmental strands that coincide to meet the reparative and emotional needs of those children with gaps in their earlier development. Thus, interventions are implemented based on the online assessment to support the children’s emotional development.


All children deserve to reach their full potential and to be supported along the way. To make this possible, all of our children should have the opportunity to THRIVE.



We also follow the PACE approach in our setting.

  • P – Playfulness
  • A - Acceptance
  • C – Curiosity
  • E – Empathy


Pace is a way of thinking, feeling, communicating and behaving that aims to make the child feel safe. For further information on the different strands of PACE click here.