"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 Organization)
Our Vision for Wellbeing
In our school our Christian vision shapes all we do. Our vision for Immanuel & St Andrew Primary School is that children, parents and staff work together in a caring Christian community, where children are valued; where they feel happy and secure; where they learn and grow in their faith. Within our academically high-achieving environment, we enable all to flourish and grow as individuals, developing their personal skills and abilities, talents, characters, spirituality and faith. We feel that if our pupils leave Immanuel & St Andrew Primary School, having established these foundations, they will fulfil every aspect of their potential and grow into effective citizens, ready to play their part in the world.
In addition, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupil body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.
In addition to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, we aim to recognise and respond to need as it arises. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health and wellbeing policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment to encourage positive mental health and to support pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental health and wellbeing issues.
We have a three-tiered approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing at Immanuel as outlined below:
We believe this to be an approach that allows support for all children's mental health and wellbeing as a first step and then gives targeted support for children where appropriate.
If you have concerns about your child's mental health and wellbeing, do make an appointment to see either our Assistant Head for Wellbeing, Miss Dellar, our SENDco, Mrs Snook or our Family Liaison Officer, Mrs Godden. You can email email@example.com to request a meeting or telephone conversation.
In addition to weekly PSHE lessons, all children from Early Years to Year 6 have weekly Social and Emotional Learning sessions using a resource from the Blurt Foundation. More information about the work they do in regards to mental health can be found here: Home - The Blurt Foundation (blurtitout.org)
Blurt focuses on teaching children explicit skills and knowledge about emotions, mental health and wellbeing so that they are equipped with coping strategies as they navigate life.