At Spring Cottage Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.
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.
Mrs Keogh works alongside children, families and multi-agencies to ensure all pupils at Spring Cottage Primary School are happy and safe. If you wish to discuss any issues or concerns with Mrs Keogh please make an appointment through the school office.
Maggie, our school dog (see picture below), is the latest addition to our well-being team. Maggie is currently undergoing full training but works alongside Mrs Keogh on a Monday and Tuesday bringing much joy and happiness to our pupils.
The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that:
“in order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”.
Schools can be a place for children and young people 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 children’s wellbeing and can help create a sense of belonging and community.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children 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.
Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
- All children are valued.
- Children have a sense of belonging and feel safe.
- Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems without feeling any stigma.
- Positive mental health is promoted and valued.
- Bullying is not tolerated.