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Emotional Health & Wellbeing

Beautifully Different, Wonderfully the Same

(Joseph Coelho)


At Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of the pupils and staff.  We take the view that positive health is everybody’s business. 


Penn Wood School aims to develop four mental health capacities in children to support learning and development:


The ability to develop psychologically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually
The ability to initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships
The ability to become aware of and to empathise with others
The ability to experience and integrate psychological distress without it hindering development (Mental Health First Aid England)


Penn Wood subscribes to preventative action and early identification and uses the graduated response process (assess – plan – do – review) to put support in place for pupils.  Early intervention to identify issues and providing effective support is crucial. 


Prevention: As a school, we strive to create a safe and calm environment so mental health problems are less likely. We support the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school population by equipping pupils to be resilient so that they can manage the normal stress of life effectively. This includes teaching pupils about mental wellbeing through the curriculum which is reinforced through school activities and the school ethos.
Identification: recognise emerging issues as accurately as possible and flag these to colleagues to provide support.
Early Support: help pupils to access evidence based early support and interventions.
Access to specialist support: work effectively with external agencies to make referrals and provide swift access to specialist support and treatment.


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 example, developing resilience for all.

Targeted support-  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.



Lead Members of Staff

Mental Health Champion: Brian McCollum

School Counsellor and Designated Safeguarding Lead: Sonia Davies

SENDCo: Jen Edwards

Well Being Officer:



Supporting those suffering from addiction

ADT Healthcare is a free helpline for people affected by drug and alcohol addiction. The service is particularly helpful for family members affected by a loved one's addiction.  Website: Tel: 0800 088 66 86



Please see the document below for advice and guidance on supporting your child's mental health and promoting their emotional well-being.

The following is a guide for supporting children in Year 6 through their SATs tests - a must-read for Year 6 parents.

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