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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Part of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust
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Wellbeing at St Mary’s

Well-being is when pupils are able to develop their potential, learn and play creatively. Well-being at school means. feeling safe, valued and respected, being actively and meaningfully engaged in learning and play.

At St Mary’s, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support.


At our school, 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 in order to promote self-esteem
  • Providing opportunities to reflect
  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
  • Helping children to understand their emotions and feelings better and to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Helping children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 
  • Learning about mental, physical and emotional health
  • Enriching our curriculum through World Mental Health Day
  • All staff receiving annual Mental Health training
  • Quite reflection areas in the woodland; Rosary Room; Rainbow room

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

Additional support - For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as socially speaking, daily check ins, Time to Talk, Hidden Chimp and 5 point scale.

Lead staff members to contact if you are concerned about your child’s mental health: 

Miss Rose Moule (Acting SENCO); Mrs Helen Tomlinson (Senior Mental Health

Staff Wellbeing Charter
The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust are fully committed to promoting and fostering positive well-being for pupils and staff across all their schools.

A happy and healthy workforce is vital for the success of our pupils. The culture of a school therefore is critical in ensuring that staff have an enjoyable, rewarding working environment in which all colleagues believe the demands of their job are reasonable and manageable.

The Wellbeing Charter demonstrates our commitment and offer to staff, and ensures that levels of stress and anxiety are reduced as low as possible in the organisation. 

 BWCAT Work-load and Wellbeing Charter

Useful Links

Place2Be - Improving Childrens Mental Health

NHS - Every Mind Matters, Children's Mental Health

HappyMaps - Find the best support, advice and information on young people's mental health, all in one place

Compass Phoenix - Supporting Children and Young People in North Yorkshire

The Go To

Young Persons Guide to Mental Health