Wellbeing and Pastoral Support
At St. Peter's, we believe that the well-being and mental health of our children is of significant importance. We feel that by promoting healthy minds and providing the children with opportunities to explore themselves creatively will improve their emotion resilience when faced with challenging tasks. However, some children require more time and support to develop these skills.
Please read out mental health policy below that details how we will support your child’s mental health whilst attending our school.
Nurture at St. Peter's
At St. Peter's, we have our own nurture environment. This is a dedicated space so that children with mental health or well-being needs can visit. This space is where we support children to learn or be refreshed in how they express themselves in a calm and well-structured way. This might be calming activities for example meditation or mindful art. This might be sitting together and eating sensibly whilst focusing on the skill of sharing. We pride ourselves on our nurture environment with children visiting this space daily.
We have a dedicated nurture provision that is deployed for up to 6 weeks in a block. This will be for children that are new to our school or going through periods of extreme stress. This means they would be learning in a small group with support staff trained in mental health and well-being strategies.
Mental Health Support Team
This is a new role, developed in line with the Government’s response to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.
As part of an MHST in Three Rivers, our work is predominantly about preventing mild to moderate mental health concerns from escalating further.
In primary schools we work with parents via one to one sessions, to help them in supporting their child with anxiety and/or challenging behaviour. Evidence suggests that working directly with parents of primary school aged children has a longer-term impact.
In secondary schools I work directly with the young person who is experiencing anxiety or low mood.
Our team are also able to offer workshops, group-work, assemblies, drop-ins, or general signposting to other services.
For more information about the MHST service, please speak to the school’s mental health lead, Julie Mansi.