Mental Health & Wellbeing

Our school is striving to be confident about focusing on wellbeing and mental health as this enables us to provide a
healthy and happy school environment for pupils and staff and to prepare the citizens of tomorrow with sound character and values. It also directly supports our more immediate mission: the promotion of effective learning. If children do not feel safe and happy, they struggle to learn.
Our School is building into its structure and ethos a culture which emphasises the development of wellbeing and competence, and overcomes the stigma attached to mental health . In an authentic ‘whole school approach,’ wellbeing and mental health is ‘everyone’s business. This can only be achieved through genuine involvement and coherent working from all staff, pupils, governors, parents, the community and outside agencies.
Familiar school and class routines help build a sense of security which creates environments where everyone feels
listened to, understood, and empowered. We explicitly teach social and emotional skills, attitudes and values, using
positive trained, enthusiastic teachers and interactive methods.
Encouraging the pupils to become involved will have a positive impact on the pupils and its staff, promoting self-
esteem, health-related knowledge and attitudes. This encourages self-managed behaviour such as looking at eating habits, physical activity, leisure activities, physical fitness, and risk behaviour.
All pupils are encouraged to have goals and ambitions they wish to achieve. We strive for the pupils to grow up to be
confident and resilient so they can develop and fulfil these goals,
We are creating within the school an approach of early skills based programmes, such as Draw and Talk. We feel
these aids in the identification of difficulties and assist us to implement preventive work and allows targeted
interventions. Where pupils experience difficulties, clear plans and pathways are provided for help and referral, using a coherent teamwork approach, including in the involvement of outside agencies if needed.

At Sheerhatch Primary:
 Every child ‘checks in’ each morning. They have the opportunity to let the staff know how they are feeling
that day. This is done in an age appropriate way.
 The school timetable allows for ‘wellbeing’ time daily where calm, mindful type sessions occur. The class
teacher can decide when this is most appropriate.
 At Sheerhatch, we take part in a ‘Mental Health Awareness’ week where every child participates in a
range of activities to have a better understanding of wellbeing and strategies to cope and help improve
mental health.
 We Promote healthy eating as part of a whole school approach, have our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE scheme in place
embracing mental health, wellbeing and safety and have an anti-bullying policy.
 We have a school council to take ownership of the thoughts and views of the pupils within the school. We
value the child’s voice and wellbeing surveys are completed by every child and staff member twice a
year.

Sheerhatch Wellbeing Policy

Should you wish to speak to someone in school about any issues or concerns you may have regarding your child’s wellbeing, please arrange an appointment with Miss Ryan (Headteacher) or Mrs Kipling (Our Mental Health & Wellbeing lead).

Donna Gower is our family support worker. She can be contacted at: donna_gower@gbpa.org.uk

The governor with responsibility for Mental Health and Well-being is Chainie Worrall. She can be contacted on c.worrall@sheerhatchprimary.org.uk if you have any query or concern about school policy.

Here is a video that helps to explain ways to talk to your child about mental health.

Below is a resource from the NHS with some useful hints and tips around anxiety in children and young people.

Anxiety – Resources