Mental Health and Wellbeing
At Lordship Farm we take the mental health and wellbeing of the entire school community seriously. Not only do we have a duty to protect and support our pupils but we are also responsible for staff and to be able to signpost our parents if they need help or support.
If parents have a concern about their child's mental health and wellbeing at school, the first port of call is the child's class teacher. We also have a dedicated pastoral team who can provide pastoral intervention, refer to external agencies or be there as an ear to listen to worries and concerns.
The Lordship Pastoral Team:
Pastoral Team Manager and School Mental Health Leader: Mrs Zoe Turner
Pastoral Leader: Mrs Sue Batty
Pastoral Worker: Mrs Fiona Williamms
Pastoral Worker: Miss Elly Waldwyn
To contact our pastoral support team email firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching children about mental health
At Lordship Farm we take a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health, aiming to help children become more resilient, happy and successful and to work in a pro-active way to avoid problems arising. We do this by:
- Creating and applying consistent ethos, policies and behaviours that support mental health and resilience, and which everyone understands.
- Adhering to Herts Steps therapeutic approach to behaviour management.
- Focusing on the 5 steps to wellbeing.
- Helping children to develop social relationships, support each other and seek help when they need it.
- Promoting self-esteem and ensuring children understand their importance in the World.
- Helping children to be resilient learners and to manage setbacks.
- Teaching children social and emotional skills and an awareness of mental health.
- Identifying children who have mental health challenges and planning support to meet their needs, including working with specialist services, parents and carers.
- Supporting and training staff to develop their skills and their own resilience.
- Developing an open culture where it’s normal to talk about mental health.
Parents and carers.
Parents or carers should approach their child/children’s class teacher if they have any mental health concerns. This will be cascaded to the Mental Health Leader for assessment. In addition to offering universal support within school, we may also discuss with you additional support mechanisms available to you from the following agencies:
- School Nursing Service www.healthforkids.co.uk (Interactive website for children and parents)
- CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
- School Family Worker
- Art Therapist
Online resources to support Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found on the following websites: