Mrs Manchaud-Green – Head of Lower School
Mr L Webster – Head of Year 7
Miss J Schweitzer- Head of Year 8
Mrs S Parker – Head of Year 9
Mrs S Huxted – Pastoral Support Officer
The school is committed to supporting pupils with recognised mental health conditions.
The school is committed to promoting positive mental health and resilience within the school setting in order to allow the pupils to feel safe and have a sense of belonging.
The school will offer continuous professional development to staff to promote early identification of mental health difficulties.
The school will work closely with parents and carers as well as with the pupils themselves when dealing with mental health difficulties.
The school will seek the advice & support of medical professionals & services when severe problems occur.
The school is committed to adopting a ‘whole-school approach’ in regards to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing amongst pupils, staff and parents and establishing various support mechanisms for all.
- To identify and provide for pupils who have mental health difficulties.
- To support all pupils in becoming more emotionally resilient and mentally healthy.
- To add pupils who have severe mental health difficulties to the SEN register & identify them as having SEN status.
- To include pupils who have SEN status as a result of their mental health difficulties in the Assess, Plan, Do, Review Process in terms 2, 4 and 6 where appropriate.
- To make sure all staff are offered appropriate training to allow them to recognise and safely support pupils with mental health difficulties.
- To work with pupils and families and make sure the views, wishes and feelings of pupils and their families are always considered.
- To seek advice from the school counsellor, educational psychologist and other medical professionals and services when the mental health needs of an individual pupil become too complex for the school to manage at a pastoral level.
- To have termly Mental Health meetings with all Heads of Year, the SEN and SLT team, and the school counsellor to discuss and review the needs of the pupils in school presenting with Mental Health concerns.
- To provide support to staff through training, CPD and the appraisal and line management system, as well as access to the various in-school support on offer e.g. counsellor.
- To provide support to parents through pastoral support liaison, drop in sessions, training/information evenings and access to external professional agencies.
Who can I talk to in school?
Mrs Manchaud-Green – Head of Lower School
Mr D Coate – Head of Middle School
Mr J Townsend – Head of Year 10
Mr S Pepper – Head of Year 11
Mrs K Ross and Mrs K Bowes – Pastoral Support
Mr K Bailey – Head of Sixth Form
Mr C Loizou – Head of Year 12
Mr S Kay – Head of Year 13
Mrs F Jennings – Student Services
Mr C Alderman – SENCo
Mr L Bindon – Deputy SENCo
Learning Support Assistants
Mrs R Nankervis
Mrs S Hyder
Mrs C Carberry
Mrs V Lewis
Mrs H Kingham
Deputy Head and Safeguarding Lead
Mr C Morris
Deputy Safeguarding Leads
Ms A Gibson and Mrs R Breach
The school has extensive and diverse provision in place in order to support the wellbeing of its whole community. This includes pastoral monitoring/liaison, in-house counsellors, external agency involvement and sessions from external mental health providers for students, staff and parents.
If you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01634 844 008 – please see the ‘Who can I talk to?’ section for guidance on the best placed member of staff to contact.
Wellbeing Award for Schools Success
On Wednesday 10th May 2023, the school was audited for the recertification of the Wellbeing Award for Schools (first awarded in February 2020), which determined whether the work the school has done to maintain and improve Wellbeing and Mental Health across the whole school over the last 3 years was enough to meet the criteria for recertification purposes. We are delighted to be able to share the news that we have once again fulfilled the criteria in every category of assessment and have formally been recertified for the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
We continue to be hugely grateful for all the support and cooperation from our whole school community in order to effectively support Wellbeing and Mental Health at the Math and we will continue to develop our provisions over time. We very much look forward to working with our community on next steps and new ways we can secure and build upon our whole school approach to Wellbeing.
SEN and Wellbeing Surgeries
Each term there is an opportunity for you to meet with the SEN team and the Wellbeing lead to discuss any concerns you may have. These are drop in sessions and do not require an appointment. Please see Mr Alderman for SEN related concerns and Ms Gibson for Wellbeing concerns. The dates of the surgeries are as below:
- Thursday 12th October 2023 – 3:15pm to 4pm in Da Vinci
- Thursday 7th December 2023 – 3:15pm to 4pm in Da Vinci
- Thursday 1st February 2024 – 3:15pm to 4pm in Da Vinci
- Thursday 14th March 2024 – 3:15pm to 4pm in Da Vinci
- Thursday 2nd May 2024 – 3:15pm to 4pm in Da Vinci
- Thursday 20th June 2024 – 3:15pm to 4pm in Da Vinci
Letter from the Wellbeing Lead
As you will be aware, the school is committed to continuing to support all members of our school community with promoting positive mental health and wellbeing initiatives at all opportunities. I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that we are here to support you should you feel that you are encountering any difficulties – we are committed to promoting the positive mental health and wellbeing of each and every one of our students and staff. Should you find yourselves in need of support, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please find contact details below:
Lower School: Mrs Huxted email@example.com
Middle School: Mrs Ross firstname.lastname@example.org / Mrs K Bowes email@example.com
Sixth Form: Mrs Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellbeing Lead: Ms Gibson email@example.com
Ms A Gibson | Assistant Principal and Wellbeing Lead
The first edition of our Wellbeing Newsletter, ‘Wellbeing Matters’, can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Please find below links to some information, resources and guidance on a range of wellbeing topics. There is a lot of different information in varying formats that will not be suitable for everyone, but certain aspects may be useful to you and your family: