Mental Health and Wellbeing
North Chadderton School is committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all our students.
We believe it is vital that alongside the development of students’ academic potential, they are provided with opportunities to develop personal skills and character and have experiences that enable them to thrive and flourish not only during the school day but in preparation for life beyond school.
How do we support mental health and wellbeing in our students?
- Through focused form time where form tutors play a major role in supporting student wellbeing and mental health development.
- Heads of Year are responsible for the progress and wellbeing of students in their year group. Each year group has a non-teaching assistant head of year who is available during the day to discuss concerns, either in person or via email.
- We have student mental health and wellbeing champions who offer support and guidance for their peers, actively promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in school.
- We have a peer mentoring scheme where mentors meet with students each half term on a one-to-one basis to discuss Mental Health and Wellbeing. These mentors act as the key contact for students if they need support at any time.
- For those young people who do not meet the thresholds of the HYM service, the school is able to offer 1-1-person centred counselling, ‘Evidence Based Practise’ interventions in either small groups or 1-1 to support a range of mental health difficulties.
- We have staff Mental Health First Aiders who have the practical skills to be able to recognise triggers and signs when a student is having difficulties. They are able to reassure and refer to relevant support.
- We participate in both local and national events. North Chadderton School is passionate about raising awareness about mental health and reducing the stigma that often surrounds mental health.
- In addition, we have an on-site Counsellor and a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner who provide 1:1 personalised and intensive support. (Spaces for this level of support are limited and there are thresholds in place due to such high demand. There may also be a waiting time before your child can be seen but we will do all that we can to ensure that this waiting time is kept to a minimum).
- Where 1:1 support cannot be provided, signposting and referrals to other relevant external organisations will be made by the pastoral team to ensure the best possible support is accessed.
- The school has particularly strong links with Healthy Young Minds and the Educational Psychology Service. We are also part of the Oldham Educational Health and Wellbeing initiative which promotes the mental health and wellbeing in our local educational authority.
- Through a comprehensive Personal Development Programme which provides age-appropriate resources and materials which aim to educate our students about the importance of mental health and broaden their knowledge and understanding to help empower them to effectively manage their own mental health and make healthier and more positive choices.
We advise that if you are seriously concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing that you request an emergency appointment with your GP. In extreme circumstances, you can visit your local A & E department.
Understanding mental health can be a complex and daunting thing, not only for the child/young person but also for family members and those caring for them.
Below is a list of useful websites that can provide valuable information, advice, guidance and support to young people and their families about mental health as well as some free online courses to engage with:
- Building your ladder of Resilience
- Challenging Unhelpful Thoughts
- Depression Self Help Guide
- Supporting Your Child A Guide for Parents