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Mental Health and Wellbeing at Holywell



Holywell Primary School's Mental Health First Aider and Leader of the Hearts and Minds Committee is Miss Taylor.

Our Vision

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


Positive Mental Health


Positive Experiences

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.

  • Lunch games to play outside
  • Library open each lunch to borrow books to read
  • Active Learning
  • Calm Club Nurture Group
  • Home Learning Projects 
  • Themed Days 
  • Charity Days 
  • Summer and Christmas Fayres
  • Residential visits
  • Educational day visits 
  • After school clubs


Celebrating Success


We like to celebrate our many successes together by:

  • Posting celebrations on Twitter to celebrate what is taking place
  • Displaying pupil’s work
  • Achievement Award Assembly each week
  • Mr Callaghan's 'Hot Chocolate Friday' termly Head Teacher Award
  • Class Assemblies 
  • School newsletters


Teaching about mental health and wellbeing



The school follows the DfE guidelines for the teaching of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the following ways:


  • Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) scheme of work
  • Active Learning
  • Go Noodle/Zumos Mindfulness
  • Assemblies and theme days


Assessment Process of Pupil Wellbeing


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:


  • RED - these children will be a priority for support and will be discussed in greater depth with the Pastoral Team which may lead to involvement of outside agencies such as the school nurse or a Specialist Teacher, further support from within school and discussion with parents or carers if appropriate
  • AMBER -  staff may provide short term intervention within a group for a period of 6 weeks
  • Green - continue to have quality first teaching of the curriculum described above.  


Interventions to support Mental Health and Wellbeing


Staff from the Pastoral and SEND Team coordinate interventions for pupils mental health and wellbeing such as

  • Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Mentoring 
  • Self-esteem individual and group activities
  • There's a Volcano in my Tummy anger therapy
  • Bereavement Counselling 
  • Lego therapy


Mental health concerns


For children


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.


For parents and carers


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.


For staff

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