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Positive Mental Health

At our school, we aim to promote positive mental health for every pupil and member of staff. We pursue this aim using both universal whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.


In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.


There are often warning signs which indicate a child or young person is experiencing mental health or emotional well-being issues. While not exhaustive, the list below details possible warning signs as follows:


  • Unusual play (in playground)
  • Unusual drawings (in class)
  • Tendency to isolate themselves
  • Compulsive lying
  • Attention seeking
  • Pulling hair out (self-harm)
  • Hurting other children
  • No empathy
  • Anxiety
  • Hiding inside clothes (making self invisible)
  • Loud and disruptive
  • Hiding lunch
  • Over/under eating
  • Soiling

There are many organisations that can help if you are concerned about a child's mental health: