We believe that all young people deserve the best start in life, and know that our students’ mental health and well-being are vital to their ability to thrive and be the best; evidence shows that emotional and mental well-being are linked with attainment. Research shows that half of all mental health conditions are established before the age of fourteen, and our academic community plays a key role in supporting early identification and intervention.
Mrs Eastwood is our Lead for Student Mental Health who has oversight of the academy wide approach to mental health and well-being. There is also a team of staff who support students specifically with mental health. These include Mrs DosAngos, Mr Schofield, Mrs Schofield and Miss Hartley. The academy is well placed to refer students to specialist support or work jointly with others to support young people experiencing poor mental health.
Personal Development Education Programme:
Through the Enrichment Programme students will know:
- How to talk about their emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary.
- That happiness is linked to being connected to others.
- How to recognise the early signs of mental well-being concerns.
- Common types of mental ill health, e.g. anxiety and depression.
- How to critically evaluate when something they do or are involved in has a positive or negative effect on their own or others’ mental health.
- The benefits and importance of physical exercise, time outdoors, community participation and voluntary and service-based activities on mental wellbeing and happiness.