The mental health of our children must be seen as every bit as important as their physical health.
The Duchess of Cambridge
Looking after Children's Wellbeing and Mental Health in School
Mrs Duffy is our Designated Mental Health Lead, as part of her role as Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
Mrs Pearson is our Pupil Mentor, and she provides additional support for children when they need it. This could be anything from meeting them when they arrival at school in the morning, checking in during break and lunch times, and a range of structured activities.
We also have a counsellor in school who works with children on a one to one basis over a period of time. If you would like more information about this, please contact Mrs Dyer or Mrs Duffy.
Our 'Chill Out' nurture provision lunchtime club provides a fun, quieter space for children who may be finding the lunch break difficult. Staff provide a range of activities such as mindfulness colouring, lego, puzzles and board games; playing alongside the children and encouraging friendships to grow. Chill Out club takes place in our light and spacious library, and the children love relaxing with shoes off and getting comfortable on the cushions!
All of our classes have their own worry monster! These were funded by our PTFA, and provide the opportunity for children to write down or draw a worry or something which is making them anxious, so that the monster can eat it up.
Our reflection and prayer spaces are also available for children who may wish to pray about their anxieties and ask God to help.
We use a range of tools to help us monitor the wellbeing of our pupils, including:
The Leuven Scales for Wellbeing and Involvement (based on the work of Professor Ferre Laevers)
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires
These assessments are used, alongside input from parents and carers and school staff, to help us to ensure we have appropriate support in place for children.
Our Whole School Provision Map for Wellbeing and Mental Health shows all of the levels of support that are provided at St Peter's.