Mental Health & Well Being
“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 2014)
At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and all pupils. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. We access support from Educational Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners via the Local Authority. This includes a scheme called 'Future in Mind'. 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.
In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health.
We are committed to supporting and enhancing every child’s emotional health and wellbeing as they grow and mature. We offer a whole school approach to Personal, Social and Health Education, delivered via assemblies and during class time. In addition, we have a large pastoral team which consists of a Learning Mentor, Attendance Officer, Nurture workers, Behaviour Support Workers and a Parent Support Worker. Our Learning Mentor, Miss Park is also a ‘Mental Health First Aider’. This team may provide a more specialist bespoke individual or small group intervention which provides support for pupils who are struggling with the complexities and difficulties of the modern world.
Pupils are encouraged to access local support via WF-I-Can website.