Children

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization)
At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and all of our pupils. We pursue this aim using both whole school approaches and targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. By promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health, and promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected – directly or indirectly – by mental ill health.

Health for Kids.co.uk
Health for Teens.co.uk
Mind.org
Samaritans.org

Lead Members of Staff

Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of pupils; staff with a specific, relevant remit include:
 Sarah James, Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection
 Lee Harrison, Deputy Headteacher – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection
 Jodie Swinscoe, – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection
 Caroline Wilson – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection
 Sarah Brocklehurst – Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for child protection
 Rebecca Hooper – SENCO
 Colin Burgess – Safeguarding Governor
 Toby Herring – PHSE Lead
 Vicky Barton – ELSA Lead

Teaching about Mental Health

The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our pupils to keep themselves and others physically and mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental PSHE curriculum.
The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we’re teaching but there will always be an emphasis on enabling pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding, language and confidence to seek help, as needed, for themselves or others.

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