Wellbeing

Wellbeing at Alexandra Park Primary school

“Mental health is a state of wellbeing 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, 2014)


It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental wellbeing in adulthood. The Department for Education recognises that, in order to help their pupils succeed: schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.


At Alexandra Park Primary School, we understand that it is essential that we help protect and promote the emotional health and wellbeing of each and every member of our school community.


Our values of Care, Aspire, Achieve are weaved into everything we do. They are referred to through the day and are fully embedded within our learning environment and are at the heart of every decision that we make. This has a major impact on the wellbeing of our staff and children. We are dedicated to being inclusive in all aspects of school life to ensure that everyone feels valued, confident and happy. We prioritise building a culture of trust where everyone can be open about their health and wellbeing and know how to access support if they need it. Our staff team will be supported to protect and improve their own emotional wellbeing and will be equipped to identify and respond to low levels of emotional wellbeing in young people, parents and carers and fellow staff members.

 

  • Care: Our children will be encouraged to be emotionally intelligent and emotionally resilient, equipped with the skills they need to grow and thrive. Children are encouraged to care for themselves and each other. Children will feel comfortable, safe and happy in the school environment. Our children will know when and where to go for support when faced with challenges and will be able to access that support when it is needed.
  • Aspire: Children will be supported to be confident and resilient learners. We will create an environment where all children are comfortable with being independent, asking for help, making mistakes and being set challenges. Children enjoy their learning.
  • Achieve: We will provide a safe and purposeful learning environment where all children are supported to achieve their very best. Our children will be supported to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives doing things that they want to do and love doing.


At Alexandra Park Primary School, we aim to promote positive emotional wellbeing for every child, parent / carer and staff. We believe that all children are entitled to develop to their fullest potential academically, socially and emotionally. Throughout their school journey, we aim to enable each child to grow in confidence and to be able to fully participate in school life and the wider community. We aim to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and is ready to learn. We recognise that children learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement. We recognise that some children, at some points in their school career, may experience difficulties which affect their learning therefore we aim to provide a supportive school environment at all times and in every interaction with the children. We also aim to work with children and families to identify any difficulties early and provide effective interventions to support.

At Alexandra Park Primary School, we have implemented a tailored PSHE curriculum (SCARF) to ensure that we have progressive skills which enable our children to grow and achieve. Our PSHE lessons and Circle Times allow the children to become confident when talking about their feelings and concerns. We also recognise the importance of physical activity on wellbeing and have weekly PE lessons where physical health is actively promoted as well as additional after school clubs.


In addition to our PSHE curriculum we have universal, targeted and individualised approaches for identified vulnerable pupils and families. We have created a bespoke provision map for wellbeing based on the principles of:
Prevention: creating a safe and calm environment where mental health problems are less likely, improving the mental health and well being of the whole school population, and equipping pupils to be resilient so that they can manage the normal stress of life effectively. This will include teaching pupils about mental wellbeing through the curriculum and reinforcing this teaching through school activities and ethos.

  • Identification: recognising emerging issues as early and accurately as possible.
  • Early support: helping pupils to access evidence based early support and interventions.
  • Access to specialist support: working effectively with external agencies to provide swift access or referrals to specialist support and treatment. (See Provision Map for further details)

Wellbeing Provision Map


Other ways we support wellbeing


We have a wide range of extra-curricular activities available, and we do a range of sports – we know a healthy body can help lead to a healthy mind.
We promote a healthy diet. School dinners are tasty and nutritious, and we are encouraged to bring in healthy snacks. The infants have a piece of fruit or vegetable-based snack each day. We drink plenty of water to keep ourselves hydrated – this is linked to better performance in the classroom and supports general wellbeing.


Our Wellbeing Ambassadors
Teachers choose Wellbeing Ambassadors twice a year. They were chosen because they are outstanding role models across school and demonstrate wellbeing by being caring, positive and active learners. You will recognise them by their bright yellow t-shirts. Our Ambassadors help support wellbeing by sharing the voice of all the children in school and by taking part in various projects designed to support all our wellbeing.
Some of our recent projects include: 

  • Anti-bullying work following training at Stockport Academy and holding a One Kind Word month.
  • The Kindness Project.
  • A project to improve our outdoor areas.
  • Leading Children in Need Wellbeing activities and delivering a virtual assembly during Children’s Mental Health Week.
  • Supporting a plan to improve the safety of children when walking to school by working with our School Governor Mrs Hannah Matthews

Getting help
Everyone at Alexandra Park Primary School is responsible for pastoral care. If you or your family need any additional help or information, please contact your child’s class teacher or our SENCO and Wellbeing Lead, Charlotte Millward. We also have regular Team Around the School drop-ins and will notify you in advance when a member of the team will be in school. You can contact Mrs Millward to book an appointment or just catch one of us on the day.


Professional help
If your child is having emotional difficulties, a teacher, school nurse or educational psychologist may be able to help. Otherwise, you can go to your GP or the School Nurse. These professionals are able to refer a child for further help. Different professionals often work together at CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, (formally known as Healthy Young Minds) https://www.penninecare.nhs.uk/stockportcamhs
CAMHS offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. They help children and young people up to the age of 18 years and provide assessment and intervention and support to their families/carers.


There are also a range of other organisations that can help:
ChildLine 0800 1111
Nicola Ward School Nurse - 0161 835 6076
Stockport Foodbank - 07483 115349
Contact a Family – for families with disabled children https://contact.org.uk/
To support children who have been affected by bereavement - https://www.childbereavementuk.org/
Family Lives support for families on a range of issues www.familylives.org.uk
Barnardos www.barnardos.org.uk
Start Well Stockport https://www.startwellstockport.co.uk/
Epec - Empowering Parents Empowering Communities - parenting courses run by other parents. 0161 406 9558 admin.epec@stockport.gov.uk
The Prevention Alliance support with mental and physical health, housing and finance. https://support.jigsawhomes.org.uk/information-article/the-prevention-alliance/
The prevention alliance has advice on domestic violence, budgeting, bills, finances, benefits https://stockporttpa.co.uk/