At Meriden CE Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
help children socially to form and maintain relationships
promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
encourage children to be confident and be proud of their differences
help children to become emotionally strong, have emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance taking part in Massage In Schools, Mindfulness activities through PSHE work and Physical Activities which increase wellbeing such as the Meriden Mile, Yoga and PE lessons.
Additonal support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as divorce
Targeted support- For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions
We are delighted that we have been awarded SILVER status by ‘Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools’. This is an award in partnership with Leeds Beckett University and we are pleased that they feel our work on mental health, both for our children and our staff, reaches not just bronze, but silver standard!
What to do if you are concerned about your child or yourself:
Come and talk to us in confidence. We will listen: we do not judge. We can help by providing strategies for areas such as anxiety and anger management, or working with you or your child on a one to one basis. We work with other services such as SOLAR and can make referrals when needed.
You are not alone.