Mental Health and Wellbeing
Our Inclusion Leader and Mental Health Lead: Jenna Withers.
Our named Governor for Mental Health: Jan Havemann Bowser.
At St. Norbert’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, one of our core aims is to promote positive Mental Health and Well-Being for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers). We recognise how important mental health and emotional well-being is to our lives in just the same way as physical health and we ensure this is a high priority building this into many areas of the curriculum such as PSHE, RE and RSHE.
We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall well-being and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events.
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 Well-Being and can help engender 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.