Wellbeing Statement

SJWMS Aim

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.

SJWMS Objectives:

  • 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 P Williams – Head of Year 7
Mr L Webster – Head of Year 8
Miss N Keyes – Head of Year 9
Mrs S Huxted – Pastoral Support Officer

Mr D Coate – Head of Middle School
Mr J Townsend – Head of Year 10
Mr S Pepper – Head of Year 11
Mrs K Ross – Pastoral Support Assistant

Mr K Bailey – Head of Sixth Form
Mr C Loizou – Head of Year 12
Mr A Milne – Head of Year 13
Mrs F Jennings – Student Services

Mr C Alderman – SENCO

Learning Support Assistants
Mrs R Nankervis
Mrs S Hyde
Mrs C Carberry
Mrs V Lewis
Mrs H Kingham
Miss L Kelly

Deputy Head and Safeguarding Lead
Mr C Morris

Deputy Safeguarding Leads
Ms A Gibson and Mrs R Breach

Provision

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.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Wellbeing Award for Schools

On Monday 10th February 2020, the school was audited for the Wellbeing Award for Schools, which determined whether the work the school has done with Wellbeing and Mental Health across the whole school was enough to meet the criteria for certification purposes. We are delighted to be able to share the news that we have fulfilled the criteria in every category of assessment and have formally received the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

We began the journey for the Wellbeing Award to look to build upon the extensive work we were already doing with pupils around their wellbeing, and to develop a culture within our school that values Mental Health and Wellbeing at every level, for everyone who is a part of the school, including parents and staff.

We are 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. Whilst we are hugely proud to have received the recognition for this through the award process, it is very much a focus that we will continue to develop over time, and we look forward to working with our community over the coming months, with new ways we can secure and build upon our whole school approach to Wellbeing.

MIND at the Math

The school works closely with the Mental Health Charity, ‘Mind’. The charity will be running Parent telephone sessions and training sessions on the following dates:

Parent Telephone Support Session

Tuesday 21st September 2021

Parent Telephone Support Session

Tuesday 5th October 2021

Parent Advice Training Session (Supporting your Child: Exam Stress – Year 11 and 13 parents only)

Wednesday 10th November 2021

 Parent Telephone Support Session

Tuesday 16th November 2021

 Parent Telephone Support Session

Tuesday 14th December 2021

Parent Telephone Support Session

Tuesday 11th January 2022

Parent Advice Training Session (Supporting your Child: Wellbeing and Mental Health – all parents)

Tuesday 1st February 2022

Parent Telephone Support Session

Tuesday 1st March 2022

Parent Telephone Support Session

Tuesday 10th May 2022

Useful Websites

Letter from Assistant Headteacher

We appreciate that this academic year follows a period of great challenge and difficulty for all students and families, particularly after the repercussions of COVID. 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 so much more than a school and we see our community as an extended family. As such we are committed to 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 reach out to help us to help you. Please find contact details below.

Lower School: Mrs Huxted huxteds@sjwms.org.uk
Middle School: Mrs Ross Karen.Ross@sjwms.org.uk
Sixth Form: Mrs Jennings Francesca.Jennings@sjwms.org.uk
Wellbeing Lead: Ms Gibson gibsona@sjwms.org.uk 

Kind Regards,
Ms A Gibson | Assistant Headteacher

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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: