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Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Sproatley Endowed C of E Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.

We know that during our lifetimes we can experience different challenges that can, at times, make us feel vulnerable. In these instances, we may sometimes need some additional emotional support.

We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

Mrs Towner works alongside children, staff, families and multi-agencies to ensure all pupils at Sproatley Academy are happy and safe. If you wish to discuss any issues or concerns with Mrs Towner please make an appointment through the school office. We have our own dedicated 'Heron room' where children can speak in confidence and also receive therapeutic interventions. From relaxation and meditation to more structured therapeutic learning programmes.

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that:

“In order to help their children succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”.

Schools can be a place for children and young people to experience a nurturing and supportive environment that has the potential to develop self-esteem and give positive experiences for overcoming adversity and building resilience.
For some, school will be a place of respite from difficult home lives and offer positive role models and relationships, which are critical in promoting children’s wellbeing and can help create a sense of belonging and community.

Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.

Our aim is to help develop the protective factors which build resilience to mental health problems and to be a school where:
  • All children are valued.
  • Children have a sense of belonging and feel safe.
  • Children feel able to talk openly with trusted adults about their problems without feeling any stigma.
  • Positive mental health is promoted and valued.
  • Bullying is not tolerated.

Outdoor Learning, Forest Schools and Mental Health

We value outdoor learning and Forest Schools very highly at Sproatley. The benefits on children's mental health and wellbeing cannot be understated, making Forest Schools and the use of outdoor spaces a high priority at our school.

You can find more information on the link between children's mental health and wellbeing, and Forest Schools here:

Thriving With Nature - A Guide For Everyone

Mind - Nature and Mental Health