We pride ourselves on our mental health portfolio which aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of all our pupils. We use circle times, class discussions and worship, as well as key events (for example, Children’s Mental Health Week) as opportunities to embed a deeper understanding of mental health. We use additional communication platforms such as the school newsletter/website/communal displays to offer ideas and suggestions to pupils on how to stay well both physically and mentally.
Relax Kids classes are part of our ‘universal offer’ for every Priory pupil, helping children to self-soothe, self-regulate, lower anxiety, become more resilient and develop their emotional literacy. Classes also give children a toolbox of relaxation and mindfulness exercises so that from a young age, they will have both the skills and awareness to successfully navigate their increasingly complex lives.
Priory School was delighted to become part of the Stormbreak family of schools in 2022. This pioneering programme offers short movements breaks which teachers deliver during the school day. The programme aims to improve children’s mental health through movement, equipping them with sustainable, transferable skills and coping strategies to thrive during the complex demands of growth into adult life. For more information on how you can support your child at home, follow this link.
PSHE curriculum and mental health
Our PSHE spiral curriculum (using both Jigsaw and Heartsmart) includes many aspects of mental health and wellbeing. Our older pupils support their peers as school councillors, house captains, prefects, head pupils, sports and anti-bullying ambassadors. Our Friday celebration assemblies to nurture self-esteem and connect as a community. Our behaviour approach is positive and restorative.
Trusted adults at school – Any child in the school can ask to speak to Mrs Fidge (Deputy Head – pastoral/senior mental health lead) or Mrs Poulter (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) if they have a problem or a worry at school or at home. They can also use the ‘What I’d like my teacher to know’ box in their classroom and/or talk to their teacher or teaching assistant directly.
Parents/carers – if you have a concern about your child’s mental health or wellbeing then you can phone the school, speak to your child’s class teacher or make an appointment to see Mrs Fidge via the school office. Please call the School office on 01202 484105 or email email@example.com.
In discussion with a child’s parents and the pastoral team, we have scope to offer 1:1 emotional literacy support (ELSA) for specific areas where a child’s mental health may be affected; for example, anxiety, coping with bereavement or separation.