We are committed to supporting and enhancing every child’s wellbeing as they grow and mature. The complexities of the modern world mean that young people need to be resilient and should be equipped with a range of tools that can carry them through difficult times. Our school motto contains the word ‘Resilience’ because we feel it is so important in every aspect of their lives. We provide support that can be accessed by all or bespoke to individual or group needs.
In 2017, we reviewed our approach to safeguarding the mental health and wellbeing of pupils. We have improved the range of help available by signing up to Tootoot and also by signing up to ‘Kooth’, (a face to face counselling service) and Mental Health Practitioners via our Local Authority. These services are free but limited to referrals by school, where mental health is affecting learning. Parents who have concerns about their child’s mental health at home should let us know, but also approach their GP in the usual way.
Our Mental Health Provision
Our main nurture provision comprises:
- Clear, caring values which the whole community is encouraged to share, and a whole school approach to Personal, Social and Health Education, delivered via assemblies and during class time
- First response support from our Teachers and Teaching Assistants
- Pastoral System: Learning Mentor for Behaviour, Learning Mentor for Parent Support, Child Protection and Nurture, Attendance Officer, SENDCo.
- Additional Support: Educational Psychologist, E-safety Officer, Tootoot contact
- External Support: We now have access to Kooth and to Mental Health Practitioners. We may refer to these services if we feel it is necessary. Parents are given an opt-out to this on admission. If you do NOT wish us to access this external support for your child if it is deemed necessary, please let our office know in writing. Please note, in some circumstances, we also refer to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), but we would always consult you before doing so.