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Mental Health and Wellbeing

“As a family we are extremely grateful for the support we have received for our child’s mental health.  This has really impacted on their learning.”

“All staff are lovely and seem to really care about the pupils”.

“The teachers have a good knowledge of the children and provide the support they need.”

Parents' Questionnaire comments, Autumn 2022.

The Wellbeing Team

We have developed our team for supporting the children’s mental health and wellbeing.


We are fortunate that Mrs Boyden is trained and experienced as an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and Mental Health First Aider.


We have a counsellor, Joanne Bimpson, in school each Tuesday to support individual children.


In addition, Mr Ripley, Mrs Boyden, Mrs Singleton, Mrs Hamilton, Mr Browne and Miss Baxendale are also part of the Wellbeing Team

They offer drop-in sessions for children to express any worries. We also have a display board where they can pop a note in a wallet for the team if they wish.


We have a Family Support Worker, Mrs Fairclough, who works with pupils and families to give support where needed.

She will be working alongside Mrs Wildig on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Ms Gregson has completed the Senior Mental Health Lead course which is funded by the DfE.


We are a 'trauma-informed school', following training in Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023 on:

  • attachment
  • trauma
  • emotion coaching


If you ever have concerns that your child needs support, please speak to us. If parents need support, we can also signpost to available services.