Mental Health & Wellbeing
At Lower Peover CE Primary School, we are committed to support the emotional health and wellbeing of all of our pupils and staff. We recognise that the complete experience of school life contributes to the emotional wellbeing of everyone who learns and works at Lower Peover. Therefore, we take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that each of us have a role to play.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Team
Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead: Mr David Bradley (Inclusion Manager/SENDCo)
ELSAs (Emotional Language Support Assistants): Mrs Jenny Lamb and Miss Karla Brown
Mental Health First Aiders: Mrs Sharon Dean and Miss Karla Brown
Promoting pupil wellbeing is more than just helping children to achieve academically. A child’s wellbeing could be the key to their current and future happiness. With this in mind, we are determined to support our Lower Peover children in every way possible, to ensure that they are provided with the best start to their life and are fully equipped with the tools to manage their thoughts, emotions and wellbeing.
We feel the social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that children can learn in our school can help them build resilience and set the patterns for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.
Influenced by our Christian values and our curriculum, we provide a supportive and caring environment where each individual is valued and is driven by an ethos of respect and kindness. We have high expectations for all of our children, and we know they all have the potential to do well in all aspects of life.
We have trained staff and a range of resources and activities available within school to support our children, and we also work closely with a variety external services to provide further support where and when necessary.
Our school vision is:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” – Colossians 3:23
With the Lord by our side, we strive for excellence in everything we do; aiming to achieve highly within our spiritual community. Working together under God’s guidance, we endeavour to become the best that we can be in our school, where the Christian faith is taught, experienced and lived.
Positive staff wellbeing is at the centre of a successful school. At Lower Peover, we work together as a team, where everyone’s voice and thoughts are heard, where everyone is valued and where we all actively work towards the same vision and ethos.
We are regularly provided with opportunities to express our thoughts on school events, actions and policies, and our leadership team will constantly seek and consider opportunities to support the wellbeing of our team.
We understand that people may face challenges at certain times in their life. As a school, just as we would for our children, we aim to form an effective supportive network for all of our staff. Where they know we will do everything we can to ensure they receive the relevant support and advice needed, however big or small the ‘hurdle’ may be.
We are proud of the relationships we have with the school community and feel this plays a big contributing factor to the whole school experience. These positive relationships are at the heart of our school, with both the adults and our children, and they are formed through our inclusive and supportive culture.
We appreciate the open and supportive conversations we are able to have with our families, and we continue to be an open door to them when they are in need of support and guidance. Our aim will always be to work collaboratively with our community, to ensure our families get the support they require and deserve.
Please, always get in touch with a member of staff or one of the Mental Health and Wellbeing support team. We are here to help and will do everything we can to assist you.
Useful contacts, websites, articles and resources
Anna Freud – National Centre for Children and Families
‘Wise Up Prioritising Wellbeing in schools’
‘Resources for Schools’
Centre for Mental Health
‘Helping children develop emotional literacy ‘
Impact – Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching
‘Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Schools’
NHS Every Mind Matters
Mental Health Foundation
The School Run
‘Best Wellbeing Apps for Kids’
CAMHS Cheshire West
CAMHS Cheshire East
Elizabeth Jenner has written a book ‘Coronavirus: A Book for Children’. You may find this is useful way to explain what is happening to your children. It is currently free to download from Amazon
West Cheshire Children’s Trust