Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
At Willowpark Primary Academy we consider the development of our children's mental health and well being as important as we do their physical well being and we promote its importance both within our curriculum and through the support we offer our children and their families.
Our school is wholly inclusive and we work hard to ensure all children have access to resources, provision and environments which support the development of their emotional literacy.
Our SMSC and PSHCE curriculum allow for us to ensure children have access to opportunities which enable them to build their self-esteem and social skills. Our Turn-around Room is used a safe space for children to explore their emotions through 1:1 or small group targeted intervention with access to a range of alternative resources, including sensory provision and role play.
Our nurturing ethos ensures that children at Willowpark learn in a safe and caring environment. Children are taught emotional literacy skills through whole class SEMH sessions, circle time activities, targeted intervention, theme weeks and externally provided sessions/assemblies.
Children in years 1 and 3 take part in regular mental health lessons through the Apple and Zippy programmes with our learning mentor looking at managing their emotional well being and developing strategies to support reducing anxiety and stress. We intend to roll this out to even more year groups over the next 12 months. Children in year 5 complete the Prince William Award, developing resilience, teamwork and social skills.
For all our children, we have worry boxes available and initiatives such as daily mood check-ins, meet and greet or and snack and chat sessions where children can talk about their feelings on a daily basis. All children have access to a safe space in our Turnaround Room if they need it.
Support for social and emotional health doesn’t stop with our children. Parents at Willowpark are encouraged to seek support through school who have close links with Early Help and MIND practitioners who are able to work collaboratively with school and families to provide holistic support around emotional wellbeing. If you’re interested in accessing support for your emotional health and wellbeing please contact Miss Humble in school.
We are proud of our on-going work to support positive Mental Health and Wellbeing and have successfully met the standard for the Silver Mental Health Award. You can find out lots more about the award here, www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-education/carnegie-centre-of-excellence-for-mental-health-in-schools/school-mental-health-award
Both Miss Humble and Miss Reid are Mental Health First Aiders and our Mental Health lead governor is Mrs Woodall. If you have any queries or concerns around the Mental Health and Wellbeing of your child or wider family member please do not hesitate to call in and see us in school at any time where we can offer support and advice.
For more information on our whole school offer to support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our children, families and staff please click here.