Willowdown Primary


Parent Family Support Advisor - PFSA

My name is Sam Gardner and I am the parent Family Support Adviser here at Willowdown Primary School. Some of you will already know me through my work across other schools in Sedgemoor. I joined Willowdown in November 2022. 

I have lived in Bridgwater my whole life so have plenty of knowledge about the town and services available. I started my career working with children and families in 2012 as a Family Support Worker for Children's Social Care. I then moved to work as a Parent Family Support Advisor covering Hamp Academy, Somerset Bridge Primary School and Robert Blake Science College in 2014 where I have stayed until recently joining Willowdown. During this time I have had 3 children of my own, always returning to the job I love.  

Through the years I have achieved a Health and Social Care Diploma as well as attended too many courses to name, but having my own children as well as listening to you, the parents, I have gained a  deeper understanding of how challenging bringing up children and supporting young adults can be. 

Through my role as PFSA here at Willowdown, I hope I can be part of helping our community come together to create a supportive relationship around our children and parents. 

Please do stop me to say hello when you see me around the school or feel free to pop into the office if you feel I can support you in any way at all. 

 Adverse Childhood Experiences


 Helping your child sleep


Mental Health

Domestic Abuse