“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organisation 2014)
At West Vale Academy, we acknowledge the high importance of our pupils and staff developing and maintaining good mental health and well-being, as well as physical health. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of our pupils and staff. it is our vision that all children are entitled to develop to their fullest potential academically, socially, emotionally and into healthy well beings, enabling each child to grow in confidence and be able to fully participate in everything that goes on in the wider community with confidence. It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and well-being influences their cognitive development and learning, as well as their physical and social health and their mental well-being in adulthood.
At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.
West Vale Academy is committed to providing a healthy, safe and supportive working environment that promotes positive mental health for staff and students.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We promote a mentally healthy environment through:
- Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
- Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
- Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements
- Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
- Providing opportunities to reflect.
- Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
The aim of this area of the website is to provide links to good quality information and guidance on mental health and well-being.
Follow the links below for advice for parents/carers in supporting your children and looking after your own mental well-being. We encourage parents and pupils with any concerns to speak to a member of staff.