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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At High Well the mental health and wellbeing of our school community is a key priority.  We have been developing our support and provision in this area for the past number of years and it plays a large role in our ethos of Preparing for Positive Futures.  

We have invested in staffing and whole staff and targetted training in order to support pupil, parent/carer and staff mental health and wellbeing.  Training includes:

  • Mental Fitness (all staff)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (25 staff trained)
  • Thrive ( 2 practitioners)
  • The Chimp Paradox/My Hidden Chimp (Year 9)
  • School Breathe Programme (all staff)

Mental Health and Wellbeing also forms part of our curriculum and each class has dedicated curriculum time each week.  See below for further details.

 

In Class Support
 

Below is a range of different ways that classes address and support mental health and wellbeing on a weekly basis:

  • Daily check ins at start of the day, after breaks and lunchtimes and at the end of the day to review 

  • Mindfulness, including guided meditation, mindful colouring 

  • Use of the Chimp Paradox to support pupils to regulate themselves 

  • Supported social times 

  • Planned team time/tutor time/assembly time to support remote learners to feel part of their class 

  • Fidget toys and other sensory support 

  • Helping pupils to access news programmes and discuss current affairs to reduce anxiety 

  • Team lunchtime activities to create positive peer interaction 

  • Playing games and using games not only to relax and have fun but also develop essential social skills and support regulation 

  • Zones of Regulation

  • Class wellbeing checkers for students to express current emotions/feelings (Lego men)  

  • Use of School Breathe programme 

  • ‘Feel Good form Time’ watching funny animal videos before check ins with class 

  • Creating a wellbeing booklet so pupils have access to this through the day with a range of activities to support their feelings and mood at that time 

  • Exercise –Daily mile on non-P.E. days. Pupils get the opportunity to talk, walk, get some fresh air and vitamin D 

  • Yoga in PE lessons

  • 'Device free time' is scheduled on each timetable.  Prizes for the best use of these 45 minutes reinforcing the idea of using our time to do something to benefit our wellbeing 

  • Time for a brew lesson - pupils asked to join the lesson with a cup of tea/hot chocolate to set the climate for mindfulness work 

  • Reading short stories which link to SEMH- e.g. The Big Bag of Worries 

  • Use of email system in KS4 for pupils to check in and have a chat with staff 

  • Support for parents/carers through daily communication via class charts, phone calls and monthly parent/carer support forum.

  • Established positive and open relationships with parents/carers 

  • Use of Class Charts to increase communication and for sharing of positive activities 

 

Targeted Support - The Care Team
 

The Care Team provide planned and unplanned therapeutic support each day to pupils across the school.  Unplanned support usually is needed for immediate emotional regulation so pupils are able to return to learning.  Planned support can include small group and 1:1 timetabled intervention, focussing on identified needs with clear outcomes.  There is a referral process for the Care Team and a multi-agency approach is used, including the school's Future in Minds Primary Practitioner.  This ensures that the intervention and support provided to pupils and families is the right support at the right time. 

The Care Team:

Julia Addy - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

Rob Armitage - Thrive Practitioner & Restorative Practice

Tina Mendonca - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant 

Sean Ward - Pupil Mentor and Vocational HLTA

Vicky Whitaker - Thrive Practitioner (Year 7)

 

Parent/Carer Mental Health & Wellbeing
 

High Well has always prided itself on providing high quality and timely support for parents/carers.  We use a multi-agency approach and are part of Wakefield Council's Team Around the School model.  We understand the importance of good mental health and wellbeing in families and how this can impact positively on our pupils and their learning in school.  We are able to offer families 1:1 support as well as support with multi-agency meetings/appointments and make referrals where appropriate. 

Sandra Shaw is the school's Parent Support Adviser (PSA) and Safeguarding Officer.   Sandra is highly experienced in working with families of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, ASD, ADHD and is trained in the following areas:

  • Mental Fitness
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
  • Triple P Level 4
  • Reducing Parental Conflict
  • Who's in Charge
  • Children and Young People Living with Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Attachment and Trauma
  • Level 2 Counselling Concept
  • Future In Mind CAMH Award
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Suicide Awareness
  • ASK workshop Assessing for Suicide in Kids

Links to local and national support for Mental Health and Wellbeing:

https://talking.turning-point.co.uk/wakefield

Turning Point

57 Kirkgate

Wakefield

01924 234860

 

https://www.wellwomenwakefield.org.uk/

Well Women Centre 

24 Trinity Church Gate

Wakefield

01924 211114

 

https://www.together-uk.org/projects/wakefield-advocacy-together-hub

Wakefield Advocacy Together Hub

21 King Street Wakefield

01924 361050

 

www.rethink.org

www.wakefield.gov.uk -  mental health and well being

www.nhs.uk/mental/health - NHS every mind matters

 

 

 

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing
 

'Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of others'

High Well School believes in a supportive working environment where the wellbeing and mental health of our employees is seriously considered during all decision making, change management and policy updates.  

As a school, we have signed up to the Mental Health Charter, achieving silver status, alongside signing the Mindful Employer register.  We have invested HR budgets in employee support pathways including:

School Advisory Service who provide Employee Assistance Programme with a range of resources to support your wellbeing which is available to employees and their immediate family members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Services available to you High Well Staff are: 

Life Support 

Unlimited access to counselling for emotional problems, including menopause, mindfulness, weight management and stress awareness help.

Legal support 

Information on any issues that cause anxiety or distress including debt management, accountancy, consumer disputes, property or neighbour legalities.  

Bereavement Assistance 

Qualified and experienced counsellors who can help with grief and related stress plus a team of legal advisors to help with legal issues. 

Medical information 

Qualified nurses, doctors and physiotherapists are on hand to offer advice on a range of medical or health related issues. These are available by online, phone or video consultations.

CBT Online 

A range of CBT self-help modules, informative factsheets and advice videos from leading qualified counsellors. 

In addition to the helpline there are a range of wellbeing resources and webinars available to our employees.  

As a forward-thinking school, we recognise the importance of wellbeing and this is shared across the whole senior leadership team who take a proactive approach in ensuring workload is managed and employees have a voice in decision-making. 

 
Wellbeing Contact Numbers

External Service

Contact

Internal support

Contact

24/7 GP Helpline

0845 403 1037

Michael Davis, HR Manager

07825935008

Physiotherapy

01773 814 403

School Wellbeing Champions

  • Michael Davis
  • Mark Brown
  • Ian Westmoreland

01924 572100

Counselling

01773 814 402

 

 

Nurse and Cancer Support

01773 814 404