As a school, we recognise the important role that we play, alongside parents and carers, in nurturing the holistic development of the young people entrusted into our care. We believe that alongside the development of their academic potential, it is also important that our extensive pastoral support provides opportunities for students to grow and develop their own character. Emotional self-care skills, such as resilience, grit and managing anxiety, all need to be nourished in order to establish a positive mental wellbeing. This, coupled with academic success, are the crucial things we must do to prepare our students for life beyond St Edmund Arrowsmith.
The recent year has been difficult for everyone; most families will have been touched in some way by the current coronavirus pandemic. Therefore it is important to consider our students emotional wellbeing whilst at home and also when they begin their new routine as they return to learning in school. In order to support pupils during this time, form tutors will still be providing registration as normal in order to provide a friendly and reassuring face and to monitor how pupils are feeling. For those pupils who we believe to be struggling at home, in the first instance, weekly telephone calls will be made home by our pastoral team who will be on hand to provide a listening ear and use their training and experience to provide an appropriate level of support to the student and strategies to parents. In the most serious of cases, an appointment will be made in school so that students can access our 1:1 provision we would ordinarily provide in school.
As always, if staff in school have any concerns regarding the health or emotional wellbeing of any of our students, we will immediately make contact with parents/carers and work in conjunction with home to make relevant referrals to expert agencies who are better equipped to provide assistance long-term.
The following link, which can be found on the Government website, may also be useful to signpost parents to suitable support of all things COVID-19 related: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support
If you are seriously concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing, we advise that you make an emergency appointment with your GP who will be able to assist you. In the most extreme circumstances, you should visit your nearest A&E department who will provide you and your child with the support you need.
We understand how unnerving and complex issues surrounding mental health can be, not only for our students but also for their families. Below you will find a list of useful websites that provide information, guidance and support aimed at young people and their families about mental health and wellbeing.
This service offers advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under the age of 25.
Available Mon-Fri: 9:30am to 4pm (Freephone) 0808 802 5544 Crisis messenger: Text YM to 85258 (24/7)
Kooth are a free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Go to Kooth.com and students will be able to speak to an online counsellor Monday - Friday 12pm-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 6pm - 9pm.
A free, confidential helpline available 24hrs a day: 0800 1111
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) provide some excellent resources such as videos/ mobile telephone apps for parents and pupils to support with mental health and wellbeing
The Anna Freud website provide lots of excellent information for young people, parents and schools about Children’s Mental Health.
Winston’s Wish is a charity which specialises in supporting families, parents and children with bereavement.
Anxiety UK offer an extensive range of expert help designed to help control anxiety.
Free online support for people who self-harms or are considering to do so.
This support can come from many areas of school. It might be from the form tutor or the Senior Learning Co- ordinator. However, there is also the option of speaking with Mrs Denton, Mrs Davies or Mr Webster. Please use the appropriate email addresses to make contact if you know them. If not, click here and use the drop down menu to find the person you would like to email.
Wellbeing Wednesday Resources