Positive mental health is the foundation on which each of us can live healthier lives. With good mental health we are more likely to be motivated and engaged in our learning, realise and achieve our potential, choose healthier lifestyles, engage in all the world has to offer, shout out when abuse is occurring, seek help when times are tough and recover a sense of wellbeing and achievement following traumatic experiences.

In addition to supporting our pupils, the philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff has suggested that the ultimate goal for Christian educators should be to seek ‘shalom’. ‘Shalom’ is a biblical vision of what God wants for humans and can be defined as flourishing in the enjoyment of relationships: with self, others, creation and with God. Therefore, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our community : including, staff, parents, pupils and governors. We pursue this aim through our Christian vision:

“For everyone to ‘motivate one another’ and become agents of change ‘through acts of love and good works’. ‘And let us not neglect meeting together’ (Hebrews 10 24-25) as our community is central to enabling everyone to thrive and achieve their God given potential.”

# We strive together as one (Philippians 1:27).

Mental Health First Aid

We now have a number of qualified Mental Health First Aiders in school to help support our pupils and staff with any concerns they may have.

This year, we’re also working towards the Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards with Leeds Beckett University (Silver Award) and the Better Health at Work (Silver Award).

Our mental health lead and wellbeing lead for pupils is : Mrs Coils / Mrs Ritson
Our mental health and well being lead for adults is : Mrs Gibson

Providing pupils with as many opportunities as we can to talk about their feelings through:

  • Wellbeing areas in each classroom;
  • Worry Monsters in classrooms;
  • Mindfulness clubs;
  • Yoga and relaxation activities;
  • Character education and the star board;
  • Mental health and wellbeing incorporated into PSHE and RSE curriculum;
  • Mental health awareness weeks;
  • Mental health and wellbeing leads;
  • Pupil voice questionnaires;
  • Mental health training offered to all staff and a mental health and wellbeing policy for everyone.

We also have a school dog, Coco, who comes into school each week and works with every class in school.

NSPCC Mental Health and Suicide | Advice on recognising signs of anxiety and depression in children.

Young Minds | Support for parents

NHS Mental Health | Information on youth mental health services for parents and carers

MindEd | Free educational mental health resources