Learning Mentors

We provide non-judgmental pastoral support for all of our students and their families. We offer a safe place where individuals are valued, listened to and empowered in order to overcome barriers to academic and Social & Emotional learning such as: low self-esteem, low motivation and issues that may be concerning them at home or school. 

We can offer support to children and their families through:

  • One to one mentoring sessions with children
  • Focused group sessions
  • Liaising with parents/carers and teachers to support pupil progress
  • Supporting pupil transition at all stages
  • Signposting support for families from other agencies where appropriate.

We are always happy to discuss you children’s Social & Emotional wellbeing with you. You can speak to us by ringing the school or catch us in the playground at the beginning or end of the school day. Alternatively please feel free to email us:


Suzy Anderson – Years 4 to 6 - suzyanderson@hitherfield.co.uk

"Hello, my name is Suzy and I work with children and families primarily in Years 4,5 & 6.

I come from a communications background having spent many years working for the BBC in Radio Production.  I have also trained as a counsellor at Lambeth College and Relate. 

I have an interest in emotional health and wellbeing and support children across school with anger management, social skills, friendship skills, organisational skills, anxiety, worry and stress related programmes. I do a lot of work in Year 6 and support families in making their choices of secondary schools as well as helping children make their transition to Year 7. 

I am also interested in supporting parenting and have recently trained, along with my colleague Mark Gillard, as a Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Facilitator.  This is a parenting support programme.

Hobbies include reading, drawing, sewing and generally being creative.  I have two daughters  who came to Hitherfield. I have a particular interest in Play Therapy in schools and have recently become a Lay Board Member for the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)."


Pascale Monthieux – Early Years and Key stage 1 pascalemonthieu@hitherfield.co.uk

"Bonjour, my name is Pascale. I work with children and their families in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2.

I worked for Eurostar before joining Hitherfield School. For about 10 years, I worked as an EAL teaching assistant supporting children and their family to settle and join Hitherfield School‘s friendly community.

It is a privilege to work with Suzy, absorbing and learning from her experience.

Just like our children, I carry on learning and growing. I had the opportunity to be trained as a Mental Health First Aider, offering a listening ear to children and colleagues.

I enjoy helping children to thrive, to find their voice and the courage to try something new.

Fun, Food, Family and Friends is where I find joy and strength. I run every weekend so I can keep up with the children’s energy! I bake and cook because it has a feel-good factor, a perfect moment to share with family and friends.

I have run an after school French Club for many years; the children surprise me every time with their curiosity and their bravery."


A small sample of what we do…..

Student support

  • 1:1 group sessions – Classroom support –
  • Individual Support Plans – Home learning support

Community Initiatives

  • Walking Bus - Family/Parenting projects –
  • ‘Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities”

Transition Support

  • Induction to school (Nursery, Reception & casual entrants) – 
  • Nursery to Reception – Key Stage Transitions – 
  • Year 6 to Secondary School transition

Hitherfield Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities  Parenting 

What is SFSC?

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