As a school we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff.
We understand that everyone experiences life challenges and additional emotional support may be needed to support during these times. We all face a range of challenges and emotions throughout life, and there are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions to help us manage these.
We have created a culture across school where talking about how we feel is normal, and where the personal and social development of all children and young people is supported appropriately so that they can thrive.
We take the view that mental health is everybody’s business and everyone has a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
Staff have attended TISUK Trauma and mental health informed schools training and staff within the Wellbeing and Inclusion team are also trained in Mental Health First Aid.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.
When our wellbeing is affected and we don’t feel able to cope, this can lead to mental health concerns: sadness, depression and unhelpful thoughts that can stop us from enjoying and coping with daily life.
There are some common life events that may affect you or your child's mental health and Wellbeing:
- Loss or bereavement
- Friendship issues
- A stressful family situation or crisis
What if my child is experiencing difficulties with their mental health and wellbeing?
Mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time and neither does it mean avoiding stresses altogether. One of the most important ways to help your child is to listen to them and take their feelings seriously.
In many instances, children and young people’s negative feelings and worries usually pass with the support of their parents/carers and families. It is helpful for the school to know what they are going through at these times, so that staff can be aware of the need and support this.
Coping and adjusting to setbacks are critical life skills for children, just as they are for adults, but it is important that they develop positive, rather than negative, coping skills.
If you are ever worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing then, just as you would about any concerns that you have about their learning, come and talk to us.
Sometimes children will need additional support for a short period – this may be in the form of a daily check-in with a trusted adult, time to talk through what they are feeling and support in developing ways of moving forwards with this.
If your child is distressed for a long time, if their negative feelings are impacting their daily life or if they are repeatedly behaving in ways you would not expect at their age, then please speak to your child's teacher or the Wellbeing Team.
Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:
- being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
- having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
- being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
- going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
- taking part in local activities for young people.
Follow the 5 ways to well-being.
This will give your child long lasting skills to grow with them through adulthood to hopefully reduce the risk of them developing mental health issues.