“Supporting everyone’s wellbeing and mental health, so that they can be the best they can be, are happy together and ready to learn”.
It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. The department for Education recognises that, in order to help their pupils, succeed: schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.
“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
(World Health Organisation 2014)
At St Robert Southwell, we aim to promote positive mental health for every child, parent / carer and staff. We pursue this using both universal, whole school and specialised approaches for identified vulnerable pupils and families. We have a school counsellor who can be accessed by children who have identified needs.
Message from our Wellbeing Lead
Our School vision is “Aiming for Excellence – Being the Best We Can Be”. As wellbeing is a priority of the school, the school endeavours to: “Support everyone’s wellbeing and mental health, so that they can be the best that they can be, are happy together and ready to learn.”
To complement this as part of our commitment to wellbeing of our children, staff and stakeholders, we are on a journey to work towards achieving a national award called Wellbeing Award for Schools.
It is an award that recognises a school’s efforts to promote and protect positive emotional wellbeing and mental health education and support. The award requires us to develop an action plan to consciously recognise what we currently do and offer additional opportunities to support and promote mental health and wellbeing. I am leading the process and the ‘Change Team’ to help embed and promote positive mental health and wellbeing across the school community.
If you would like to know any other information about this award and process, please contact Mrs Keville via the school office.