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Mental Health and Well-being
Mental Health First Aid

Mental health is as important as physical health.  Mrs Teachen, the Headteacher, has undertaken training in the nationally recognised qualification delivered by Mental Health First Aid England and is fully qualified in Mental Health First Aid.

School has a Mental Health and Well-being Policy

School are committed to promoting and supporting positive mental health in everyone involved in school life.

Our aim is:

  • to increase awareness of mental health issues
  • reduce stigma and discrimmination
  • promote recognition of symptoms
  • signpost to professional help
How we promote mental health and well-being for pupils
  • Qualified counsellor who provides weekly sessions for pupils who may need support.
  • Daily meditation at the start of every day.
  • Daily mile at lunchtime to increase fitness, blow-off steam.
  • We teach children about their mental health - their feelings and how to deal with them through use of HEADSSUP programme.
  • Use of HeartSmart programme to promote resilience, wellbeing and healthy relationships to create strong mental health.
  • Teaching Growth Mindset strategies such as use of affirmations and visualisations.
  • Weekly Yoga, as part of the curriculum. Yoga Afterschool Club.
  • Bob, school dog, who loves being petted and cared for.  He also loves being read to.
  • Weekly mindfullness clubs such as sewing, knitting and colouring.
  • Cup of Kindness sent between home and school.
  • Guardian Angel support system for staff.


How we promote mental health and well-being for staff

We are committed to developing a mentally healthy workplace by ensuring:

  • PPA time (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) taken at home.
  • Clear 'Directed Time' policy to ensure workoad is manageable. Regular review of Work/Life balance.
  • Time-off to promote family life eg to attend significant family events such as graduation, nativity plays and so on.
  • Time-off in lieu as a thanks for when when staff volunteer time on Saturdays or Sundays to support school events.
  • Guardian Angel scheme - where staff are subject to ongoing random acts of kindness from an unknown provider.  All staff have a guardian angel and also act as guardian angels for other staff members.
  • At least termly social events offering variety of opportunities to socilaise.
  • Access to qualified counsellor weekly to offer support if needed.
How we promote mental health and well-being for parents and wider community
  • Ongoing Twitter feed that signposts adult and ex-pupils to mental health services available
  • Signposting to local mental health services that are within local area
  • Weekly Knitting Club in school for local elderly residents to promote intergenerational relationships and reduce lonliness.
  • Penpal letters between upper junior pupils and local elderly who may be isolated
  • Community events such as hosting Coach to 5K programme to promote health and fitness
  • Social events where members of the community are invited to take part in, such as open days, celebration days such as whole school wedding, birthday celebratons and so on.
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