We are aware that, following the news of school closures and the current situation we are experiencing, many of our community may be feeling concerned and anxious at this time.
In order to support with this, we have put together below some links to websites/resources/videos (including talking about the Coronavirus with your family, coping with anxiety, activities for families in self-isolation and looking after your mental and physical health) that you or your child may find useful.
Some links are aimed at parents and others at young people. We are also aware that some families have much younger or primary school aged children, therefore, there are also
links aimed at this age group as well as social stories to assist parents/carers with explaining the situation to those children who are much younger.
The wellbeing of our students remains as important as it always has done, and we would ask that if you have any concerns regarding your son or daughters mental health in the coming
weeks, that you let us know so we can support where possible.
Assistant Headteacher and SENCO
For families of early years age children including an activity guide:
Parent-focused ideas from Special Needs Jungle about how to support children with anxiety around coronavirus, including an easy-read explanation for children and adults with learning difficulties.
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.
Mrs Manchaud-Green – Head of Lower School
Miss N Keyes – Head of Year 7
Mrs R Breach – Head of Year 8
Miss K Cook – Head of Year 9
Mrs S Huxted – Pastoral Support Officer
Mr C Heather – Head of Middle School
Mr B Ward – Head of Year 10
Mr D Coate – 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
Mrs H Dennis – SENCO and Deputy Safeguarding Lead
Learning Support Assistants: Mrs R Nankervis, Mrs S Hyder, Mrs C Carberry, Mrs V Lewis, Mrs H Kingham and Miss N Syplywczak
Mr C Morris – Deputy Head and Safeguarding Lead
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
In order to recognise and extend all of the work the school does to support the wellbeing and mental health of our students, staff and parents, we are working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
This award was developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), and is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community.
The Award encourages the use of a ‘whole-school approach’ where all aspects of the school experience are harnessed to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils, staff and parents. If you have any queries relating to the Wellbeing Award for Schools, please speak to Mrs H Dennis.
MIND at the Math
The school works closely with the Mental Health Charity, ‘Mind’. The charity will be running Parent drop-in sessions at school on the following dates:
Year 13 Parents
26th September 2019 6pm-8pm
Year 11 Parents
14th October 2019 6pm-8pm
Year 7 Parents
12th November 2019 6pm-8pm
Year 12 Parents
10th December 2019 6pm-8pm
Year 9 Parents
15th January 2020 6pm-8pm
Year 10 Parents
6th February 2020 6pm-8pm
Year 8 Parents
4th May 2020 6pm-8pm
‘Mind’ will also be delivering a training session to parents aimed at raising awareness of, and providing coping strategies for, Mental Health and Wellbeing in young people on Monday 13th January 2020 at 4:30pm in the Main Hall. A letter regarding this session and booking a place will be sent out to parents nearer the time.
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: