Preston Park Primary

OUR Place 2 Be


Preston Park Primary is proud to be a part of Place2Be – a national children’s charity working with over 200 schools across the UK.

They provide a safe space – The Place2Be room – where children can express their feelings through talking, creative work and play.


Our new lovely and welcoming Place2Be School Project Manager is Heather Szubert, If you wish to book an appointment to see her please call the school office or email on

Miss Szubert will be available to meet you onsite on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


What difference does Place2Be make at Preston Park Primary?

Place2Be works to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of children.

We help children feel better about themselves enabling them to cope with difficult life events, establish friendships and focus in class. When children feel better about themselves, they are able to learn more easily and turn makes the school a happier place to be for all the children and that means less worry for parents.

How do we help children?

Place2Be works with children one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most.

All pupils can find help with any worries such as friendship issues by choosing to visit Place2Talk, which offers short lunchtime sessions to individuals and groups.


One of the most popular aspects of this service is called ‘Place2Talk’. It’s open to all pupils, and they can make an appointment to spend 15 minutes with a trained counsellor, either by themselves or with a friend. On average, about a third of pupils in Place2Be’s schools take advantage of this service every year. Pupils often talk about friendships or any worries they may have.

Place2Be will record your child’s name, date of birth, year group, gender, ethnicity, the broad topic of discussion and any actions taken as a result of the session.  This information is stored securely. It is used in key coded form to evaluate Place2Be’s service and improve our work.  Please see the separate information sheet, available at school reception and via the school’s website, for more information.

The popular Place2Talk lunchtime service from Place2Be will continue from September (for pupils in Years 2-6) and we assume continued parental consent for those who have previously been consulted and not declined the offer.

Parental Agreement for Accessing Place2Talk

Unless we hear otherwise from you, the school and Place2Be will assume that your child has parent/carers’ permission to come to Place2Talk, If would like to find out more, or would prefer that your child does not use this service, please contact Heather Szubert (Place2Be School Project Manager) on who will be very happy to answer any questions.

Miss Szubert will be available at school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Journey of Hope Programme

Recently Place2Be took over the licence to provide Journey of Hope group work, initially developed by Save the Children to help develop resilience and self confidence in children through the use of parachute games, stories and creative exercises.

Preston Park Primary is excited to be amongst the first schools offering this opportunity to pupils and will soon be sending out invitations to take part.

How can we help parents?

Place2Be are able to support parents.

If you have any concerns about the relationship with your child or would like support on parenting skills, please contact Heather Szubert.

Heather Szubert, our School Project Manager at Preston Park Primary and is in school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Should you wish to find out more about Place2Be in Preston Park Primary, you can contact Heather on the school telephone number - 0208 904 3602 extension 211.

Place2Be, a registered charity in England & Wales no 1040756 and in Scotland no. SC038649 and a company limited by guarantee no 02876150, registered office: 13/14 Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London, EC1V 2PT.


Visit the Place2Be website 



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