At Longdendale High school we recognise that young people flourish and reach their life potential when all barriers to school life are recognised and supported , to enable them to function at their best both in school and at home. With our vision in mind – we recognise the importance of positive wellbeing for all our staff and learners.
We understand and value the importance of positive wellbeing and how crucial it is to support our learners and their families through difficult times where there may be mental health conditions that impact on daily living significantly.
All our learners access information and guidance on Mental health and wellbeing through curriculum learning opportunities, PSHE specific lessons and themed assemblies by both school staff and external specialists.
How we can support families with Mental ill health and wellbeing :
· Our young people all have a Form tutor and a Learning Leader who are monitoring and supporting their year group progress, engagement and overall barriers in any area.
· Our Aspire Centre staff are available to support any emerging barriers to all aspects of learning
· We have a group of Learner Leaders who support other young people with peer support in school – they are available at start of the day, break and lunchtimes.
· Mrs Noble is the school Mental Health Leader – Mrs Noble can do an initial assessment with any learners, that will help families understand what level of support may be most useful. We can then signpost or refer to external agencies or we can offer intervention in school.
· Mrs Ellis on the Inclusion Team also works with Mrs Noble to offer support to our learners with building self esteem, managing strong feelings – exam stress and other support that strengthens resilience of our learners. 1:1 and small group work is available.
· Mrs Noble is a qualified Counsellor and can offer Evidence Based CBT interventions ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) 1:1 or small group Interventions at low to moderate intensity, for the following things.
· Low mood and Depression
· Managing Worry
· Our Mental Health Leader – Mrs Noble and Our SENCO (Special Needs Coordinator) Mrs Gill work together to support young people to access further resources if young people are significantly impacted by long standing mental health conditions, and it is becoming a Special Educational Need.
· We also are aware of the stressful times families can face – so we offer Parenting workshops and we can signpost families to the best external services in order to support if needed.