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Mental Well-Being

At Fitzwaryn School we are committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our staff, pupils and the wider school community.

We understand that everyone experiences life challenges that can, at times, make us vulnerable and additional emotional support may be required during these periods.

We all have a role to play in promoting and supporting positive mental health and recognise that developing resilience and using coping strategies early on is vital to ensure good mental health can be retained/ restored quickly.


At Fitzwaryn we support all pupils by:

  •  helping them to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  •  helping them feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  •  supporting them with communication and social skills to interact, form and build relationships
  •  promoting self-esteem and ensuring they know that they count and their views/ opinions matter
  •  encouraging them to be confident, embrace their differences and celebrate who they are
  •  working with them to develop emotional resilience and develop coping strategies to manage   setbacks


We have dedicated members of staff in place to support the mental health and well-being needs of our school community.

We have a full safeguarding team, led by Chris Slatter, Deputy Headteacher

Jane Pierce (HLTA), is an accredited Mental Health First Aider, supporting our staff team and is also a key part of our behaviour support team.

Clair Taylor (OSLO), has a Level 2 qualification in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health and is an accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider, alongside holding a number of other mental health certificates.  She has been attending the local Youth in Mind Conference in recent years and is currently undertaking a Senior Mental Health Lead course.

Tammy Bunce and Gosia Zaprawa (Teaching Assistants), have both carried out in-depth training to be an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and deliver targeted support to pupils across the school.


In addition to this we have also invested in whole school staff training on supporting the mental health needs of our pupils and many of our teaching assistants have carried out additional training in specific interventions, such as Drawing and Talking.

Support is structured according to the needs of the individual child and can include:

  •  Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils, as outlined above, through our overall   ethos and our wider curriculum offer.
  •  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/ ongoing support and resources or   specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentor time.


This year will see the ongoing development of our Nurture Room at Fitzwaryn, this will be a lovely calming space, where pupils will receive support and interventions away from the busyness of the classroom.
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week took place from the 1st-7th February.
Pupils in school took part in various activities and circle time discussions, based on wellbeing, using ideas from Place2Be and their theme of "Express Yourself". Pupils both in school and those being home schooled also contributed to making a Chain of Kindness, by either decorating or writing messages on links of the chain, to be joined up and displayed in school.
There were lots of wellbeing posts and activity ideas throughout the week, shared on our school facebook page- these can be found in the topic section for future reference.
The week culminated in a "Dress to Express Day" where pupils and staff wore their favourite clothes/ colours.

Useful Website Links

BBC Headroom



Cosmic Kids Yoga

NHS Every Mind Matters

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Oxfordshire

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Action for Happiness





Mental Health and Well-being Apps

WellMind- NHS


Headspace- meditation and mindfulness

Relax melodies

5 Ways to Wellbeing

Couch to 5K

SAM- Self-help for Anxiety Management



Smiling Mind


Anxious Minds