Mental Health & Wellbeing
We have a school-wide approach to mental health. We teach about mental health in a similar way to physical health. We strongly encourage children to talk about their feelings and techniques to do this are taught during lessons. We share discussions and teach techniques on how to look after your wellbeing such as breathing exercises and having a growth mind-set. We have yoga classes for some year groups and a school counsellor on site two days a week.
We also strongly value our staff and our wider community’s mental health. We have a dedicated mental health team who work on improving the understanding of mental health and promoting positive wellbeing behaviours. We have a weekly staff yoga club, approachable senior leaders and our school counsellor is also available for staff.
We recommend looking at this leaflet if you would like advice on talking about mental health with your children.
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – You’re never too young to talk about mental health.
We also recommend our colleagues at Young Minds. All school staff have received training from Young Minds and we support their charity in fighting for children’s mental health.
Their parent support line is a free, confidential line for any parent or carer concerned about their child or a young person. The phone number is 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm).
Mental Health Team
Our mental health team consists of:
- Mr Hughes (Headteacher)
- Miss Bales (Mental Health/Healthy Schools Subject Leader)
- Mrs Gibson (KS1 Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
- Ms Dietz (KS2 Higher Level Teaching Assistant).
We have several staff who are qualified Mental Health First Aiders. They assist children, staff and parents/carers when mental health issues arise. They provide support and reassurance and help you to seek professional guidance. Our Mental Health First Aiders are:
- Mrs Gibson
- Ms Dietz
- Miss Dominique
- Mr Lewis