Mental Health and Wellbeing
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING AT WCPS
“ Mental Health is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you are going.”
At Witney CP we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole community (children, staff, parents and carers). We believe that understanding how to look after our own mental health and that of others is as important as looking after physical health.
In an ever changing world , we understand that good mental health is the key to high levels of wellbeing, allowing us to respond effectively to the challenges of daily life. At Witney CP we are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people and we actively promote our values of resilience, kindness, friendship and philanthropy to support good mental health.
We work together to foster a culture of belonging not only in school but with our wider school community and more . We include mental health issues in our curriculum and encourage children to identify and understand their feelings from the earliest age with our PSHE curriculum and The Zones of Regulation. Our house system brings an added sense of connection, belonging and community between children and staff.
We are committed to supporting everyone in school (children, staff and the community), whatever challenges they may face, and aim to make a positive difference to their lives. We know that to resolve any issue the first step is a conversation and so we encourage all of our stakeholders to try to talk openly about any issues that they are facing. We want to ensure that nobody feels alone and unable to reach out.
We have a Senior Mental Health Lead, Mrs Emily Taylor, who is also our qualified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aider and Wellbeing Lead. Mrs Ali Hageman is also an Adult Mental Health First Aider.
Mrs Heidi Bridges-Martin is our Home-School Link Worker and works specifically to support families and children.
Mr Mark Peacey (Head Teacher) is our Designated Safeguarding Lead and is supported by a team of DDSL’s which include both Mrs Taylor and Mrs Bridges-Martin.
This network allows us to identify and to support vulnerable children and adults at the first sign of a deterioration of their mental health and to signpost or connect to the appropriate professionals and organisations to offer support.
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy is located here
Action for Happiness