Wellbeing at Woodmansterne
At Woodmansterne Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement.
To tackle the growing number of pupils suffering from mental health issues, the NCB (National Children’s Bureau) has created a Wellbeing Award for Schools and we are proud to announce that after working towards this for twelve months, the school achieved the award in December 2019.
The award recognises schools that have embedded a culture which values happiness and the emotional welfare of all its children. It also recognises schools with a culture in which mental health can thrive as a result of having a range of wellbeing initiatives as part of day to day school life and an ongoing strategy for improving pupil and staff wellbeing.
The award found that the school demonstrates ongoing commitment to promoting positive wellbeing and mental health and that wellbeing is a fundamental consideration in all decisions by leaders and governors. They also noted that children have access to a range of interventions and skilled staff to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health and that our extensive outdoor environment, and the learning opportunities it offers, is used to promote pupil wellbeing.
With this award, we have demonstrated our commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of every day school life
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff and pupils
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
- Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff
- Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
- Capturing the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues
The school continues its work on wellbeing and is committed to further improving our current positive outcomes. The award is reviewed in 2022. To learn more about the award please click here.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support. As a school all the work we do to promote positive mental health both promotes and supports our school values – Resilience, Responsibility, Reflection and Respect.
We have recently introduced our pupils to the 'Zones of Regulation' curriculum which provides children with the skills needed to understand their emotions and regulate their actions; which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. Click here for more information about 'The Zones of Regulation'. Click here to read more in our Wellbeing policy.
Are you a parent or member of the community and would like to get more involved with supporting the wellbeing of our school? If so then please contact Sarah Snell, our Designated Lead for Mental Health, to express your interest and the skills and qualities you could offer at Woodmansterne Primary School - firstname.lastname@example.org
At Woodmansterne School we recognise the importance of providing support to our pupils, staff, parents and wider community with their wellbeing and mental health. Below are some conditions that can provide you with information and signpost you to other websites and resources to support your concerns or help questions you may have.
Disclaimer - Information provided on this website is intended for your general knowledge and is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment. If you are worried about your child, yourself or a family member or friend then please seek medical advice.
Advice on getting the right help for your child when they are unwell produced by Surrey Heartlands CCG can be found here.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a persistent feeling of worry, fear or nervousness. Many people feel anxious at times, especially when faced with stressful events and changes to our lives; it’s a natural human response when we perceive that we are in danger. However if these continuous feelings of anxiety impact your ability to carry out life as normal, you may need to seek further support. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on anxiety.
What is Bi-polar Disorder?
Everyone experiences changes in their mood but bipolar disorder can change your mood dramatically, affecting every part of your life. You will feel extreme highs and lows sometimes lasting for months at a time. You may feel well between these times. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on Bi-polar disorder.
What is depression?
Depression is a long-lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities. It’s different from feeling sad or down, but anyone can experience depression. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on depression.
What is an eating disorder?
An eating disorder is any difficult relationship with food. This may be eating too much or too little. You may become obsessed with food and your eating patterns if you have an eating disorder. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on eating disorders.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
OCD is a common form of anxiety disorder involving distressing, repetitive thoughts. Obsessions are distressing or frightening repetitive thoughts which come into your mind automatically, however irrational they may seem and however much you try to resist or ignore them. Compulsions are actions which people feel they must repeat to feel less anxious or stop their obsessive thoughts. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on OCD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on ADHD.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not a mental illness however it is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. In children with ASD, the symptoms are present before three years of age, although a diagnosis can sometimes be made after the age of three. It's estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASD. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on ASD.
What is Gender Dysphoria?
Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there's a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. It's sometimes known as gender incongruence. Click here to see where more information and support can be found on gender dysphoria.