Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Ladygrove Park Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.
We have a supportive and caring ethos and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.
At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- Help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- Help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- Promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
- Encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- Encourage reflective learning
- Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
- Equip children with strategies to manage emotions.
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
- Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging.
- Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
- Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
- Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- Providing opportunities to reflect
- Access to appropriate support that meets every pupil’s needs
We pursue our aims through:
- Universal, whole school approaches
- Support for pupils who may be vulnerable or going through recent difficulties including bereavement
- Specialised, targeted approaches aimed at pupils with more complex or long term difficulties including attachment disorder.
At Ladygrove Park Primary School, we are pleased and excited to be introducing The Thrive Approach in our setting. Thrive supports children with their emotional health, well-being and social skills. Children cannot always put their needs into words, but the way children behave can tell us a lot about how they are feeling.
We have a new Thrive room, The Lodge, which is where trained Thrive practitioners, Sarah Cheetham and Cath Deacon, work with children, either 1:1 or in small groups. The activities that we do might include sand play, board games, painting, model making, exploring difficult situations through role-play or comic strips, and playing strategy and team games