St Margaret's CofE

Primary School

A welcoming village school in the of the Rottingdean community

Specialist Agency Support

NHS Support for Mental Health

New 24/7 all ages NHS urgent mental health helplines have been rolled out across the country in 2020. They provide expert advice and assessment for children and adults facing a mental health crisis. People can call for themselves, or on behalf of someone else. We encourage the promotion of these helplines, and have developed public facing lines:

If you need help for a mental health crisis, find your local 24/7 urgent mental health helpline at  You can call for:
  • 24-hour advice and support – for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for;
  • help to speak to a mental health professional;
  • an assessment to help decide on the best course of treatment.
If your child needs urgent mental health support or advice, you can contact your local mental health helpline via You can call the helpline for 24-hour advice and support for you and your child, to speak to a mental health professional or for an assessment to help decide on the best course of care.

Meet our school family worker

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School Counsellor Support


My name is Billy Lansdell and I have been a school counsellor at St Margaret’s since September 2018.  I am in school on a Wednesday offering individual and group counselling for pupils, as well as informal support for parents and teaching staff. 

My aim is to offer a space within the busy school environment where our children and young people can express their emotional responses in a safe and creative way.  My experience is that over time this opportunity allows children and young people to develop their own ways of navigating the demands of life, moving towards their natural potential. 

When I work with staff and parents, I try to offer a space where our children and young people can be thought about and their needs understood.  I know how hard parents and teachers work and enjoy offering additional thinking and reflection to support their invaluable contributions to the community.

If you have a concern about your child, please contact Mrs Carpenter to discuss further.

In addition to the interventions mentioned above, St Margaret’s has a range of avenues to support children and families, including (Circle of Friends, Just Right sensory regulation, Attachment Team, Family Support, Safetynet resilience work, referrals to CAMHS).  If further support is required, then we would initially make an assessment of need to help consider what would be of most benefit.