Mental Health And Wellbeing

At Hollickwood Primary School, we understand the need for everyone in our school to leadhealthy and happy lifestyles.We are committed to championing the wellbeing and the mentalhealth of our pupils, staff and families.

“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential,can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able tomake a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organisation 2014)

As part of our Hollickwood ethos to feel welcome, included and respected, we aim to promotepositive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community: children, staff, parentsand carers. We recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing areto our lives,in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucialfactor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement. All children gothrough ups and downs during their time at school and some face significant life events.
Developing self-esteem and self-respect runs through the culture of our school via the languagewe use, the positive relationship we maintain and through a meaningful curriculum. We providea range of opportunities for nurture, structure and emotional regulation. These include:

  • A trained Mental Health First Aider
  • Resilient Schools membership
  • Regular staff training
  • Zones of Regulation strategies
  • Regulation Stations
  • Quiet spaces
  • Listening Systems
  • 1-1 SEMH support
  • Trained counsellor
  • Self-Help Resources
  • SEMH Curriculum
  • Range of extra-curricular activities

We are passionate that our ethos and provision is well-rounded, non-judgemental and genuine.Ultimately, we strive for a curriculum that incorporates a spectrum of learning which does notdiscriminate, judge or stereotype.
An important part of kindness is understanding the world and our part in its sustainability.Climate change is an agenda for the school as we welcome local partners to support our visionto provide a curriculum that informs and takes action.
Being kind to oneself is important as we tackle toxic positivity and change our language toacknowledge and regulate our feelings rather than develop a mental state where children areencouraged to ignore ‘negative’ experiences. It is not wrong to feel bad. It is not wrong to cry.We challenge these views to ensure our children are able to develop meaningful, open andhonest relationships beyond the school gates.