Kingsgate Primary School
Kingsgate Primary School
Supporting good mental health at school

Supporting good mental health and wellbeing at school
At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community; pupils, staff and parents. We recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental and physical health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement.

The Department for Education recognises that: “in order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Schools can be a place for children to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience. For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives and offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting pupils’ wellbeing and can help engender a sense of belonging and community.
 What do we do to support good mental health at Kingsgate Primary School

We use the World Health Organisation’s definition of mental health and wellbeing “ 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”.

Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and be a school where our pupils:

Our role in school is to ensure that the children are able to manage times of change and stress, be resilient, are supported to reach their potential and access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that pupils learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and where they can go if they need help and support.

“Mental health is not extracurricular” – Mental Health Foundation. This forms the foundation for the way that our schools support good mental health. We take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health that aims to help pupils become more resilient, be happy and successful and prevent problems before they arise.

This encompasses 7 aspects:
1. Creating an ethos, policies and behaviours that support mental health and resilience that everyone understands.

2. Helping pupils to develop social relationships, support each other and seek help when they need to:

3. Helping pupils to be resilient learners

4. Teaching pupils social and emotional skills and an awareness of mental health

5. Effectively working with parents and carers

 6. Supporting and training staff to develop their skills and resilience

7. Early identification of pupils who have mental health needs and planning support to meet their needs, including working with specialist services

In some case a pupil’s mental health needs require support from a specialist service. These might include anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders.

We have access to a range of specialist services. These include:

School referrals to a specialist service will be made by the SENDCo following the assessment process and in consultation with the pupil and his/her parents and carers. Referrals will only go ahead with the consent of the pupil and parent/carer and when it is the most appropriate support for the pupil’s specific needs.

Once support is in place from a specialist service, school has regular contact with the external agency to review the support and regularly consider next steps. Persistent mental health problems may lead to pupils having significantly greater difficulty in learning, than the majority of those of the same age. In some cases, the child may benefit from being identified as having a special educational need (SEN).

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