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Mental Health & Wellbeing

“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.

And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010

The emotional development of children at Holy Family is of paramount importance. Our curriculum is designed to enhance emotional and mental health & wellbeing alongside physical health, spiritual, social, moral and cultural development.

The Headteacher oversees the mental health & wellbeing of all children and staff. Mrs Clark (Inclusion & intervention teacher) is our designated Mental Health Champion and she works alongside our Governor for Mental Health & Wellbeing (Toni Fox) and Parent link (Catherine Cassin) to ensure adequate support, planning and resources are in place. All staff have free access to the mental health & wellbeing app 'Head Smart' and frequent strategies for staff mental health are regularly implemented.

The Inclusion team of Mrs Ferryman and Mrs Clark are based in The Star Suite. They rigorously monitor the impact of interventions, support groups and strategies and these are reported back to the SLT and staff teams on a weekly basis. We have also appointed 5 mental health & wellbeing ambassadors from Year 5 & 6 who will lead their peers in the best ways to stay well and happy. Embedded initiatives including 'Mindfulness Mondays' and 'Wellbeing Wednesdays' are led by our ambassadors. 

Click on the link below for some examples of fantastic books about resilience:

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/books-for-topics/resilience/

During 2020, Mr Tindall raised the profile of children's mental health by founding a charity called 'Bee-lieve Foundation' and embarking on a Marathon Walk from Westminster Cathedral to Holy Family on Saturday 19th September. Alongside raising the profile, the aim is to establish a fund to provide ongoing support to children and families in need. For further details of this initiative, please visit the 'Marathon for Mental Health' tab on the 'Our Headteacher' page.