Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
(World Health Organisation https://www.who.int/ )
We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable students. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to those showing signs of mental ill health. In an average classroom in the United Kingdom, it is estimated that three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for those affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.
Our whole school approach is one that goes beyond the learning and teaching in the classroom to pervade all aspects of the life of a school including:
- Culture, ethos and environment: the health and wellbeing of students and staff is promoted through the ‘hidden’ or ‘informal’ curriculum, including leadership practice, the school’s explicit Vision and Values, together with the social and physical environment.
- Learning and teaching: using the curriculum to develop pupils’ knowledge, attitudes and skills about health and wellbeing.
- Partnerships with families and the community: proactive engagement with families, outside agencies, and the wider community to promote consistent support for children and young people’s health and wellbeing.
Useful links for parents:
- Enfield Local Authority – Local Offer – www.enfield.gov.uk/SEND
- Enfield Parent Partnership Service – free, independent, confidential and impartial advice and support to parents/carers – Phone: 0208 373 2700; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our Voice – A parent-led organisation seeking to improve services for children with disabilities in Enfield. Phone: 07516 662315; email: email@example.com
- Community Parent Support Service – available to all families living in Enfield. Works with parents/carers of children aged 0 – 18 dealing with concerns and issues before they escalate and become a problem. Phone: 020 8372 1500