St Mary's C of E Primary School

Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly

College Road, Purton, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR

01793 770239

admin@st-marys-purton.wilts.sch.uk

Emotional Well-being & Mental Health

Inclusion Team
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities,
Pastoral & Well-Being, and
Disadvantaged Learner
s

        SENDCo EYFS-KS1             SENDCo KS2                  Inclusion Lead                
       
          

Dani Bond                           Liz Tawn                      Sara Morris   
 

                Link Governor: Bonnie van Zanten-Rice                          

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Social, Emotional & Mental Health (SEMH) at St Mary's

At St Mary's we know that good learning and achieving a fulfilling life depends on much more than just strong teaching or a focus on academic progress and attainment.

We pride ourselves that every member of the team considers each child's broader well-being as being of paramount importance. We create opportunities and take the time to get to know the children in our care and support them and their families in addressing any issues in their Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).  

As a child-friendly school, St Mary's:

  • reflects and realises the rights of every child;
  • sees and understands the whole child in a broad context;
  • is child-centred;
  • is gender sensitive;
  • promotes quality learning outcomes;
  • provides education based on the reality of children's lives;
  • is flexible and responds to diversity;
  • acts to ensure inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity for all children;
  • promotes mental and physical health;
  • is family-focused;
  • is community-based. 

 

Mental Health and Behaviour (Department for Education guidance)

Schools have an important role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children by developing whole school approaches tailored to their particular needs, as well as considering the needs of individual pupils. At St Mary's, we believe all behaviour is communication.    

This DfE guidance outlines the best practice, which we strive to follow at St Mary's: Mental Health and Behaviour (Department for Education guidance).

 

St Mary's Support Network

St Mary's has a multifaceted, proactive approach to supporting our children and their families, including:

  • a Pastoral and Well-being Lead, Mrs Tawn (a member of the Senior Leadership Team);
  • a team of trained Safeguarding Leads and a Safeguarding Governor;
  • a specialist, well-being SENsory Room;
  • specialist one-to-one teaching assistants who support specific, emotionally vulnerable children;
  • a professional Counsellor and Music Therapist, who runs one-to-one sessions with specific children; 
  • Forest School sessions for specific children run by our specially-trained teachers;
  • whole school assembly themes to promote and support SEMH;
  • worry boxes and Worry Monsters in classrooms for children to request support from specific adults;
  • personal and social education lessons and circle time sessions in all year groups;
  • pupil peer-mentors (from Year 5 and 6) trained by the 'Stay Safe!' Head Instructor;
  • special support from Wiltshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service); 
  • a comprehensive range of health and sporting activities across the curriculum and in after-school clubs, providing opportunities throughout the day for fresh air and exercise. 
  • regular specialist 1:1 support sessions with pastoral lead
  • nurture plans and CAFs, providing regular meetings with the pastoral lead for families in need of extra support.  

 

We have devised an SEMH pathway so you can see how we may support you or your child in schoolIf you have any concerns about your child's wellbeing, please talk with their teacher, Mrs Tawn or another member of the Senior Leadership Team who will give you further advice and support.

How you can help your child.

Please use the links below to find information and routes to support, as well as activities that you can do at home with your child to encourage positive emotional wellbeing.

 

Information Websites

CAMHS Resources website

This is a collection of websites that provide information and support to young people and families on a wide range of mental health issues. 

Every Mind Matters

Public Health England, in partnership with the NHS, launched this website to you and your family manage your mental health during lockdown.

Barnado's

A children's charity whose website offers information, support and resources to help families manage  their mental health.

 

Websites offering parenting advice

Parenting Smart

Practical parenting tips to help you support your child’s wellbeing and behaviour.

Anna Freud Centre

Advice, guidance and resources for parents and carers on a wide range of issues.

Partnership for Children

Resources to boost your child’s wellbeing

 

Wellbeing resources to share with your child

These Bitesize websites have short child friendly videos on a number of topics that you can watch with your child:

Bitesize - Feelings and emotions

Bitesize - Emotional Wellbeing

Please note: the school cannot be responsible for any other website's content.