‘Supporting children and young people through loss and change.’

Willow was established in 2005 as part of the children’s hospital at home team, Croydon NHS.  Willow offers psychological and emotional support to children and young people who may be affected by life limiting or life threatening conditions.

Alyson and Ali are both HCPC (Health Care Professions Council) registered dramatherapists.  Dramatherapy may use all aspects of drama e.g. story, movement, voice improvisation to work with feelings.

They have worked at St Giles for the past 10 years and offer weekly long term dramatherapy sessions to individuals and groups.

For more information please contact Dr Alyson Coleman or Ali Kelly on Tel:  0208 274 6300

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Music Therapy

In Music Therapy, the natural responses we have to music are harnessed and used strategically by the Music Therapist to help support social, emotional, behavioural, physical and educational development. Each session and course of therapy is uniquely tailored to the particular needs of the pupil.

In sessions, pupils are encouraged to take part in active music making with the therapist in whichever way they are able to.  This may include playing a range of accessible instruments and the use of voice and movement in both familiar and improvised music.  Sessions may help with skills such as listening and turn taking, engagement and concentration, co-ordination, emotional regulation, confidence and self-esteem: and can be particularly beneficial for pupils who have difficulties with communication and interaction.

Sessions may take place individually or in small groups, and are regularly reviewed to monitor progress.

Music therapy at St Giles is provided by the UK’s leading music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins


What is an ELSA?

The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) Project involves Educational psychologists training teaching  assistants to provide emotional literacy support programmes to children who have difficulties understanding, identifying and managing their emotions.  In recent years there has been a growing recognition that raising standards requires a more holistic view of children’s needs.

An ELSA is a specialist Teaching Assistant who works with children who are showing a range of emotional or social difficulties such as anxiety, low self-confidence, sadness, angry feelings or friendship issues.

ELSAs have been chosen because of their ability to build good relationships with children.

The ELSA discusses with the child’s teachers to set individual objectives for the child. The ELSA will then work with the child, either individually or sometimes in a small group, using activities targeted to the child’s needs.

Mrs  Gill Kramer  is our nominated ELSA.  She has worked with  children in her role as Teaching Assistant for 28 years and shown all the required personal and professional qualities to become our ELSA.

Following the successful completion of ELSA training Mrs Kramer is now working with children who members of our school community have identified as in need of some additional emotional support.

For more information please contact Gill Kramer via the school office


Meet the team

Dr Alyson Coleman

Ali Kelly

Kerry Atchison

Gill Kramer