Mental Health and Wellbeing at St Mary’s

OVERVIEW

St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy will do all that it can to promote the Health and Wellbeing, including mental health, of all who learn and work here. Promoting healthy lifestyle for all will be a priority.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To promote life skills across the curriculum so that pupils will learn about mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing.
  2. To ensure that the good health, wellbeing and mental health of all who work in this school is promoted effectively
  3. To ensure that the school has a wide range of appropriate policies and strategies in place to ensure that the good health, well-being and mental health of all and that they underpin everything that we do.

STRATEGIES

  1. We will appropriately promote the health, wellbeing and mental health of pupils across the subjects of the curriculum taking account of their age and stage.
  2. Staff will help pupils to acquire the relevant knowledge and understanding of the human body and how it works and of the social and emotional factors that influence health.
  3. To have a ‘designated leader’ for mental health with responsibility for the oversight of this policy and strategy for ensuring the mental well-being of all in this school.
  4. All staff will encourage pupils to make informed choices and take appropriate decisions to help ensure that they understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle that also promotes good mental health.
  5. We will foster links between school, home and community and appropriate outside agencies so that all are involved in a collective responsibility for promoting good health and good mental health.
  6. We will ensure that the curriculum, homework, testing and assessment and teaching and learning strategies take account of pupils well-being and mental health.
  7. We will provide safe and healthy working conditions for all in school.

 

OUTCOMES

This school is committed to promoting and maintaining the good health and wellbeing, and mental health, of everyone here and we will work together with parents and the local community and appropriate outside agencies to enable pupils to make healthy informed choices and to promote the health, mental health and well-being of all.

OPPORTUNITIES

Children from Early Years to Year 6 have the opportunity to nurture and develop positive mental health.

Children can join the Wellbeing workshop which runs on Monday and Friday lunchtimes to relax, listen to calm music, read a book and do mindful colouring.

Gardening features highly on our provision map across school. We have gardening therapy small group sessions running throughout the year on Wednesday mornings to support pupils with their mental health and wellbeing. On Wednesday afternoons classes are allocated sessions which are available to all children to foster a love of the outdoors, nature and gardening to further develop the mental health and wellbeing of all.

The Daily mile is accessed regularly by all children in the school to provide time for children to clear their mind, reflect on their day and recharge ready for learning.

Mrs Bradbury – Senior Mental Health Lead – sbradbury@mmb.srscmat.co.uk