Mental Health and Wellbeing
The school takes the mental health and wellbeing of all stakeholders very seriously. The Headteacher is the Mental Health and Wellbeing lead in the school and there are two members of staff who oversee Pupil Wellbeing and Staff Wellbeing.
The Headteacher, Mrs Peden, is the Mental Health and Wellbeing lead in the school and Mrs Martin oversees the Staff and Pupil Wellbeing Champions. The pupil team are selected from KS2 classes after pupils have applied to be part of the team. Our staff team are made up of members from a range of roles across the school and are supported by one of our Governors.
All of our KS2 children are trained mental health champions.
The staff and children understand the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ and how to make sure that they have a positive wellbeing and mental health.
To have a positive wellbeing you need to take time to:-
The school has a focus on pupils wellness and has a daily ‘lets get active’ session.
These sessions are daily activity based on healthy body, healthy mind. and help children to try new things and be active every day.
Occasionally pupils and staff can begin to develop a unhealthy mental health. We have a three-tiered approach to support these children. There are many ways that we can support children at school with their mental health and wellbeing. Please see our school mental health and wellbeing policy for more information. We have many school strategies to support these children including our learning mentors. Children can be referred to see our mentors for short or long term sessions, in groups or individually depending on the need of the child. Sometimes children need more expert support and the school can refer children to other mental health agencies. Parents are informed of children who are receiving any extra support for their wellbeing and are involved in referrals as needed. We work closely with a variety of agencies.
Regular workshops and visitors support the school with their own knowledge of mental health and how to spot the signs. Children take part in these too and lessons in class so that they understand more about their own mental health. Parents are informed of these and have been invited in to work with children together on these topics.
The school is currently becoming a TPP school and therefore its practices follow a Trauma Perceptive Practice.
The children use the zones of regulation to help recognise and manage their emotions. This works round the principle that our emotions can be put into 4 colours. Children can move between the 4 colours and we teach the children that this is ok, although they shouldn’t be in the yellow, blue or red coloured zones for a long period of time. Although it is better to be ‘green’ and so we teach the children the ‘tools’ they need to move back into the green zone. These tools help children to manage their own emotions. The zones of regulation lessons happen to help children firstly to recognise their own emotions and then teach children how to manage them and the tools that they need to help them.
For more information on zones please see.
zones of regulations letter to parent