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St George's Church of England

Primary School

Aspirational opportunities for all, through the breath of God

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Our Vision Statement for Wellbeing

 

The emotional health and wellbeing of St George's school community (including staff, parents and pupils) is fundamental to our ethos and values. We have embedded wellbeing into every aspect of our school and we will continue to do so, involving everyone. 

 

We have been working towards a wellbeing award accredited by the NCB (National Children's Bureau) which recognises that there are 4 key principles that drive mental health and wellbeing in schools. These are:

 

  • That mental health and wellbeing are a continuum. 
  • That as a school we experience and manage emotional issues daily
  • That emotional wellbeing covers a range of dimensions, such as resilience, character building, relationships and self-esteem.
  • That to create a positive school culture requires a whole school approach which engages the whole school community. 

 

Our vision for mental health and wellbeing at St George's ties into our religious vision and the award process by ensuring that we continually promote and develop the mental health and resilience of our school community linking to article 24 that every child has the right to the best possible health. 

By not sending the crowds away Jesus demonstrated his CARE for all. Matthew 14:16

We welcome all into our school and care for them in a holistic and nurturing way.

At St George's we aim to promote positive mental health for every pupil, parent/carer and member of staff.

We all have mental health, like we all have physical health.

1 in 10 children and young people will experience a mental health problem before the age of 16. That’s three students in an average-sized class. 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem in any year. Even if a young person doesn’t experience mental health problems directly, the statistics above suggest he/she is likely to know someone who is affected.

 

At St George’s we consider that a child’s emotional health and well-being influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental well-being in adulthood.

 

By supporting and teaching skills to pupils and staff in order to increase their awareness of emotional health and well-being we are currently working towards obtaining a recognised wellbeing award.

 

All staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pupils. Staff with a specific, relevant responsibility include:

 

  • Mrs Rowley-Jones and Mrs Sheppard - Designated Safeguarding Officers
  • Mrs Farley - SENCO
  • Mrs Adlington - Mental Health/Wellbeing Co-ordinator
  • Ms Tiffany Allen - Playtherapist
  • Miss England - ELSA trained Teaching Assistant.

 

 

One of the most significant things for parents or young people is that they know they can come to talk to someone if they are worried – whether it’s about themselves or someone else. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from support.

 

Below are some websites that you may find useful:

 

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/make-it-count-guide-for-parents-and-carers

 

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

 

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/parenting-with-a-mental-health-problem/

 

https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/        Action for Children supports and speaks for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.

 

https://kentresiliencehub.org.uk/

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