Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Middlestown Primary Academy, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff and parents) and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health.

We are very proud to say that we have 6 Mental Health First Aiders trained on school site. All Mental Health First Aiders are a point of contact for any children or adults in school who are experiencing any mental health issues or have any worries or concerns in school. They have the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer first aid and guide them towards the support that they need.

We are also proud to say that we have a named Governor, Sian Pearson, for the mental health and wellbeing of both children and staff.

We have a wellbeing board in school which pupils can refer to for guidance and we hold a ‘Wednesday Club’ where children can  discuss any worries and anxieties they have. Alongside this, there is a locked ‘worry box’ in the library where pupils can post their concerns. The learning mentor checks this box regularly and speaks to all children who have posted worries.

We also promote a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet through our school dinners, healthy lunch box policy, daily miles and active PE sessions.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Newsletters

Below are the Middlestown Primary Academy’s Mental Health and Wellbeing newsletters. One is a half termly newsletter which aims to support parents and children with their mental health and wellbeing by providing ideas and helpful websites to support them. Any other additional newsletters relating to Mental Health and Wellbeing can be found below as well.

  • Wellbeing Newsletter - Summer 2 2024

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  • Wellbeing Newsletter - Summer 1 2024

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  • Wellbeing Newsletter - Spring 2 2024

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  • Wellbeing Newsletter - Spring 1 2024

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  • Wellbeing Newsletter - Autumn 2 2023

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  • Wellbeing Newsletter - Autumn 1 2023

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  • Mental Health Newsletter - October 2022

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions

8 children in Years 5 and 6 were selected and trained as Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions. They understand the importance of their role in school and offer support and reassurance to any child that may need it.

They made a pledge about their role in school:

  • To help children who are feeling sad or unhappy
  • To talk to children about their mental health
  • To use the hub to support children
  • To be positive role models for the rest of the school

Summer term

The children led an assembly about their role in school and told the children about the wellbeing lunchtime club that they have set up. This will be starting in Summer 2!

Spring term

The children met to discuss what they wanted to achieve in Spring term. Their main focus is to launch a lunchtime wellbeing club for children to attend if they are struggling with their mental health. They discussed the different themes for each week and created 5 rules for all members of the club to follow:

In the Autumn term, Year 5 took part in a Wellbeing Workshop led by members of Wakefield Council. 4 more ambassadors from Year 5 will be joining the Wellbeing team soon!

Wellbeing Homework

In Autumn 1, the children were set a challenge to create Autumn art using nature!

Wellbeing Poster Competition

Children were asked to design a poster all about mental health and wellbeing. This could incorporate any ideas they had and what they thought of when they heard these terms. There were some fantastic entries and the winning ones were entered by Oliver (UF) and Zara (Y6). These posters are now displayed on the Mental Health Awareness board in school for everyone to see!

A Problem Shared

 

A book that we have used in PSHE lessons in school is ‘A Problem Shared’, written by a parent of 2 children at Middlestown Primary Academy. It is an excellent book that discusses the benefits of sharing problems and their feelings. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can here.

After sharing the story with the whole school, three children (Amber, Orla and Lauren) wrote a review of the book:

Mental Health Awareness Days

Mental Heath Awareness Week 2024

We celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week 13th-17th May 2024. The theme this year was “Movement: moving more for our mental health”. Each class was challenged to complete 15 activities linked to movement and mental health. The final activity was discussing the importance of movement and how it links to our mental health.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

The theme this year was ‘My Voice Matters’. All classes took part in activities linked to this theme as part of their PSHE lessons that week.

In Upper Foundation, the children talked about how you can tell if someone is feeling unwell in their body and then if someone is feeling unwell on the inside. The children did different facial expressions to show this. The children gave ideas on how to show others that they matter to them, e.g. asking them to play, saying hello and helping them. Finally, in circle time they chose a different scenario card and talked about how those events would make them feel, e.g. being invited to a birthday party.

 

In Year 3, they started by discussing how to keep their bodies healthy and what strategies they have for keeping their mind healthy. They focussed on a time when someone showed them they mattered and then they offered ideas on how to go show others that they matter, e.g. playing with them, telling an adult if they saw someone upset. This lead onto the children saying how they calm down or cheer themselves up. Some ideas were cuddling their favourite teddy, playing special music or breathing deeply.

 

School Mental Health Award

We are delighted to share that following verification, Middlestown Primary Academy has been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools ‘School Mental Health Award’ – Bronze Status for 2022-25.

Virtual Parent/Carer Information Sessions

Learn more about how you can support your child’s wellbeing and mental health through childhood, the teenage years and beyond.

For more information on how to make a booking, please contact the academy.

Useful links

Every Mind Matters

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

Mentally Healthy Schools

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Action for Children

https://parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/chat/

Free and confidential live chat (various times, morning to evening) with a parenting coach to offer information, advice and guidance regarding family life, caring for children or managing parental wellbeing.

Family Action

https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/

Emotional support and parental guidance to address complex family pressures and issues via telephone, text, web chat or email. Long term and short term support available 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday.

Wakefield Adult Education parenting groups

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/schools-and-children/supporting-families/information-for-families/parenting-courses

Classroom/small group based parenting support from Early Years to Teenagers.

Night Owls

www.wynightowls.org.uk

A new West Yorkshire based overnight listening service for children, young people, and their parents/carers experiencing mental health; call, text or chat.

SCOPE  Navigate – emotional support for parents

www.scope.org.uk/family-services/navigate/

National mentoring service providing 6 weekly sessions of online/virtual emotional support for parents/carers of children with additional needs who are on the pathway to diagnosis or have received one in the last year. (Current 14 week wait for allocation of a mentor however initial contact is made within 2 days and screened).

Live Well Wakefield 

www.livewellwakefield.nhs.uk

Offers support for people aged 18+ years who are facing non-clinical challenges such as; bereavement, aids & adaptations, education, assistive technology, mobility, social isolation, lifestyle advice, loneliness, long term conditions,  home support, personal safety, mental health, housing finances and employment advocacy services.

WF I Can

www.wf-i-can.co.uk

Wakefield online chat and useful information for young people up to the age of 25 years.

KOOTH

www.kooth.com

12pm-10pm Monday-Friday, 6pm-10pm weekends. Online support and webchat for young people in Wakefield.

Wakey Wellness

Learn more

Wakey Wellness is an innovative app which provides a virtual ‘one-stop-shop’ for children, young people and families in Wakefield who would like information and support with emotional health and wellbeing issues.

The free app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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