Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental Health team has been established comprising Mr Williams, Mrs Riches, Mrs Standen, Mrs Pennington and Miss Benson and a governor. Mrs Riches has carried out the national Mental Health lead training. In recent years, Mr Saunders alongside many Warrington headteachers, received Mental Health First Aid Training.
A variety of activities and events take place in school to support children and adults but perhaps most important is the school ethos which values each and every person as a gift from God. Below is a list of some of the activities we have engaged in this year.
- Questionnaires to assess the wellbeing of school and individuals
- Face-to-face conversations with individual staff self-identifying on questionnaires
- Questionnaires to parents and acted upon, incl. coffee morning
- Mental health newsletters
- National Mental health day with whole school.
- Two assemblies each half term on Mental Health directed at appropriate age group
- A designated and appropriately designed quiet room
- Class worry boxes and post box outside the headteacher’s office
- Class resources, e.g. shakers
- A TA training as ELSA lead
- No outsiders work feeds into Mental Health work
- Class libraries being better sourced
- Improved and well used recording system to identify struggling children with follow up where necessary
- Use of staff buddies for individual support
- CPD including Attachment, Trauma and Mental Health Awareness training for all teaching staff
- Staff meetings standing item
- Children as Mental Health champions
- Anti-bullying ambassadors across school
- All training and school events considered in the light of wellbeing and workload
- School Improvement Partner report (Summer 2022 Term Visit) evidenced pupils having a good awareness of mental health and ways to keep themselves mentally well. They also felt supported by the school and knew where to seek help if they needed it.