Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Within our Mental Health Policy it is clear that our Academy recognises the importance of positive mental health for our pupils. We follow an Emotional Pathway of Support to ensure every child is given the appropriate help at the right time to prevent emotional difficulties progressing to levels that have a detrimental affect on their well being. This package of support includes Bright Start Play Therapy which offers short and long term weekly hour long sessions and Think Children which offers 12 weeks of hour long sessions to encourage and promote increased self esteem, confidence and emotional well being through child led play. Please speak to a member of staff if you feel your child would benefit from this support. Parental feedback from Bright Start Play Therapy includes "....... is like a brand new child....Play Therapy has boosted his confidence and he is making friends wherever he goes. He is always smiling...I cant recommend Zoe and Bright Start Play Therapy enough!!"
In addition we have a non-teaching pastoral team that are available throughout the day to speak to pupils who require immediate assistance to share their thoughts and feelings. This often includes a number of 'Reading with Nancy' sessions (our Academy Dog) which promote Reading as well as enabling pupils to have 1-1 time with our Librarian Mrs Tweed to talk through their worries. Each class takes part in Take 5 sessions led by our Take 5 Ambassadors (see link below) which provides 5 minutes of calming, breathing techniques to prepare them for learning and dealing with the day.
The Worry Box and Worry Line also offer additional outlets for pupils to share anything that's worrying them - no matter how small.