We aim to take a positive stance with pupils, helping them to deal with all kinds of issues that might arise as they grow up. This is an important part of their social education which begins with friendship-building for the younger years. This moves on to self-esteem building, mental health awareness, online safety and study skills advice for the older pupils. All this is taught in our Life Skills lessons every week where we practise a mindful approach. Our pastoral ‘Themes of the Week’ help provide the link from our Life Skills to all aspects of school life.
We are a talking school and encourage our staff and pupils to speak openly about mental health issues. In Life Skills lessons our children learn about having healthy minds as well as bodies and learn coping strategies. In addition to this we regularly invite guest speakers to our school to talk to both children and parents and raise awareness of the many mental health issues facing today’s children. Every year during Children’s Mental Health Awareness week staff train in Mental Health First Aid. We have recently hosted the Self Esteem Team and Teenagers Translated, who both gave excellent workshops for our Year 7 and 8 pupils and practical advice for our parents.