Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Queen’s Park Primary School, we work towards positive Emotional Health and Wellbeing in the whole of our school community for adults as well as children.
We believe that emotional health and wellbeing promotes school success and improvement by:
*contributing positively to priorities such as enhancing teaching and learning, raising standards, promoting social inclusion and improving behaviour and attendance.
*involving pupils more fully in the operation of the school.
*helping pupils and staff feel happier, more confident and more motivated.
*helping to meet legal, ethical and curricular objectives.
We promote a caring, supportive environment in which each individual is valued and respected. We have high expectations for all and aspire to achieve excellence. We appreciate that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable. At times, anyone may need additional support to maintain or develop good mental health.
We firmly believe that all children and young people have the right to be educated in an environment that supports and promotes positive mental health for everybody. All adults have the right to work in an environment that supports and promotes positive mental health for everybody.
Mental Health is defined as the following by the World Health Organisation, August 2014:
“Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual recognises 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 his or her own community.”
At Queen's Park Primary, we embed the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing through our CROWN curriculum. We provide opportunities throughout the curriculum to explore positive mental health and we also explore support networks for if a child is displaying some difficulties in relation to their mental health.
We have 4 members of staff who are trained in Mental Health First Aid. They are Miss Bailey, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Duffy and Mrs Willmott.
We have a clear structure in place for the esculation of any mental health concerns and we believe that early identification and support is crucial to support our young people. We employ an in-house school counsellor for 0.5 days per week who works with identified children. We also refer to outside agencies such as Barnardos and CAMHS.
In addition to our staff Wellbeing Ambassadors, we have 12 Pupil Wellbeing Ambassadors who are from our Year 5 and 6 class. They have a number of responsibilities in school, including the promotion of positive mental health through leading Peer Massage sessions across school.
We also run Curriculum Enhancements in relation to Wellbeing and this year we took part in World Mental Health Day. We also have a half termly message which is displayed throughout school to promote positive mental health and these are explored during whole school worships.