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St John's CE (VC) Primary School

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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health is 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. (World Health Organisation)


Our mental health leads are Mrs Bowler and Mrs Bailey 


We understand the impact that the global pandemic of coronavirus will have on our staff and students. At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community as well as respond to mental ill health. We will ensure emotional support is provided especially during stressful times e.g. SATs.


We understand that taking a listening and empathetic approach is important when talking to students about their mental health issues. This can sometimes be what is initially needed by the pupil rather than advice or direction. If there are any safeguarding concerns discussion with the DSL will take place.


We ensure the metal wellbeing of our staff and pupils through an open, accepting and empathetic ethos. The core Christian values of the school, particularly compassion and friendship emphasise the importance of other's feelings and we endeavour to live and model these values, every day.


Our curriculum is underpinned by personal, social and health development whereby children continually develop their understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle - including emotional, social and physical health principles. Our school also offers experiences to promote positive mental health including an after-school reading club specifically designed for Healthy hearts and minds.

When we feel someone is struggling with their mental wellbeing and health, concerns can be logged through school systems Myconcern - and the appropriate member of the pastoral team will set a plan in motion for getting the pupil back on track. This is closely monitored and updated on the school's internal system and parents are kept informed with updates.


Mrs Bailey our DSL will guide parents if an Early Help needs raising and a family support worker from Family action will be directed to support children who require support with their mental wellbeing and health and further advice / support is sought from SSCB, with their recommendations utilised and closely monitored through Myconcern.


Mental health of staff is further supported through the 'Think well Staffordshire County Council' package which offers many benefits including health screening days, stress awareness sessions, counselling and physiotherapy and this can be accessed by the staff, themselves. All of these services are displayed prominently on the staff wellbeing board. 


Mental Wellbeing

Depression and Anxiety

Dealing with Change and Transition

Suicide and Self Harm

Eating Disorders


Online Safety / Digital Wellbeing

General Health