Holywell Primary School's Mental Health First Aider and Leader of the Hearts and Minds Committee is Miss Taylor.
Our vision is to develop a school community where children can enjoy a welcoming, secure, happy and healthy environment, where all members can develop their ability to be Ready, Responsible, Respectful and Resilient.
At Holywell Primary School we support the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff. We have a supportive and caring ethos model of respect and kindness, where each individual is valued.
We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
Providing opportunities to reflect
Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
Holywell offers pupils many opportunities to do physical activities as well as opportunities to relax which both are ways to promote wellbeing and positive mental health.
We like to celebrate our many successes together by:
The school follows the DfE guidelines for the teaching of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the following ways:
At Holywell we consider Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs to identify the need of wellbeing for our pupils. All staff complete bi-annual Wellbeing and involvement screenings (Ferre Laevers, 2012) and use these to assess how children are feeling and how well they engage with their learning using a RAG rating system:
Staff from the Pastoral and SEND Team coordinate interventions for pupils mental health and wellbeing such as
We value the support of parents and carers by working in partnership with them to support the children. Any parents with a concern around their child's mental health should contact Miss Taylor or Mrs Shellard to discuss ways we can work together to support the child.
Any parents with mental health concerns for themselves are most welcome to discuss this with Miss Taylor or Mrs Shellard in confidence. They can then signpost to support agencies and offer practical advice in the short term.
Any member of staff can contact either Miss Taylor or Mrs Shellard (or any other senior leader within school) for support and signposting. Alternatively, anyone working within schools can contact the Educational Support Partnership on https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/