Emotional Well Being & Mental Health Support

We want to give our young people the necessary support to build resilience to achieve their good emotional health.

The aim of our work in our academy is to ensure that our students enjoy their time at school and are happy. There are many things that can impact on the emotional well-being of children; keeping up with studies, falling out with friends, and the pressures of social media. We want all our young people to have good emotional health, the skills and confidence to cope with change, be able to think through and solve problems, and ultimately achieve well and be happy.

We are developing a whole school approach where everyone feels safe and comfortable to be themselves, learn and develop in a positive environment and access support when needed.

Emotional well being and mental health support within the academy is:

Staff development – our staff have access to training that enables them to be able to better respond to the emotional needs of students.

Multi-agency partnerships – delivering support to young people who may be struggling at an early stage to stop issues from escalating.

Transition – support offered for young people to make the move from primary to secondary as easy as possible.

Our school is committed to the principles of securing emotional well being, to allow every young person to have the best possible experience and outcomes throughout their school journey.

For more information and support from the fantastic Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for young people’s mental health, check out the images (with embedded links) below, aimed at both parents and students.

More information will appear here in due course.
Last update February 2019.

Student Voice

This year, we have trained up 15 students as Peer Mentors and are rolling out a Peer Mentoring program across the academy so that students have someone they can talk to when they need it.

A Mental Health website will be launched this half term, which gives advice and information on various mental illnesses as well as ways to stay in good mental health. The website includes a "Concerns" form which means that students can share concerns without having to have a face-to-face conversation in the first instance, which some students prefer.

In VMG classes, the students have been made aware of what is good mental health and how to support others who may be struggling: the Action for Happiness calendars are shared across the academy on a monthly basis.

Miss Mitchel, Teacher of English has also led staff training on Transactional Analysis, which looks at the psychology behind interactions and how to encourage the most from students as well as Nano-presentations on embedding mindfulness into lessons and how to support students with eating disorders.

The academy is currently undergoing the self-assessment phase of gaining the AcSeed accredited status.

Inclusion & Deep Support Interventions

SEND Interventions

  • Lexia – 4 days per week for 20 minutes during VMG.
  • Spellzone – 4 days per week for 20 minutes during VMG.
  • Reciprocal Reading – 3 days per week for 20 minutes during VMG
  • Handwriting – bespoke intervention available as required.
  • Toe by Toe – bespoke intervention available as required.

Wellbeing Interventions

  • School Nurse drop-in – Wednesday lunchtime
  • C-Card drop in – Wednesday during enrichment
  • Aspire to Believe – counselling services 1 day per week in school.
  • Emotional Literacy Programme – bespoke intervention to be used as required.

Other Interventions

  • Learning Managers – each year group has a Learning Manager assigned to it and they are the key point of contact for students who require additional support in school for any reason.
  • LGBTQ group – to support students who identify as LGBTQ or support raising the profile of LGBTQ issues in school.
  • Peer Mentors – students supporting other students on a variety of issues such as behaviour, organisation, friendship etc.

Mental wellbeing describes your mental state, in other words how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental wellbeing can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.

We all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.

There are some common life events that may affect our mental wellbeing:

  • Loss or bereavement.
  • Loneliness.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Issues at school.
  • Worries about money.

Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps we can take to maintain and improve our mental wellbeing:

  • Building positive relationships.
  • Taking time for ourselves
  • Looking after our mental health.
  • Looking after our physical health.

What can you do in school to gain mental wellbeing?

  • Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
  • Associate yourself with positive people.
  • Join an Enrichment club.
  • Speak to a member of staff.
  • Talk to your Learning Manager.
  • Tell the Inclusion Team.
  • Get involved with the Peer Mentors.
  • Get physically active (a healthy body and mind are very closely linked!)