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Mental Health & Well-being

At Hornton Primary School our aim is to care for and develop the whole child educationally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and physically. As well as caring for their education we also care for their mental health and wellbeing and feel that it is essential to provide children with information to enable them to make life long, well informed decisions about their diet and health. 

At Hornton Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing of every member of our school community and recognise how important mental health and wellbeing is to our lives, as is physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health and overall wellbeing can affect their learning and achievement.

A key aspect of our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what can affect their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.

Positive wellbeing is promoted throughout the curriculum and all school activities. Through a carefully planned approach to PSHE our pupils are helped to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives, and to become resilient, informed and responsible citizens.

ILOOKING AFTER OUR EMOTIONAL WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

What do we do at Hornton Primary School to support children’s emotional well-being and mental health?

  • Hornton Primary School is committed to creating a happy, caring and supportive environment. As well as a learning environment, the school ensures there is a positive, supportive and inclusive ethos where children can thrive and achieve their personal best.
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a central to the curriculum across the whole school.  PSHE assists pupils to cope with the changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world, manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.  The concepts covered in PSHE include identity, managing feelings and emotions, relationships, change, resilience and being healthy, which includes physical, emotional and social well-being. Our PSHE lead provides consistent teaching across the school.
  • Hornton Primary School offers a nurturing provision. 
  • Within the National Curriculum, every child enjoys joining their peers for physical education each week, lead by our experienced PE Mentor. bwho also organises lunchtime sports activities. We provide sport-related after-school club, and many take part in inter-school sporting competitions.
  • We promote healthy eating throughout the school.  part of our Eco drive, we have garden areas to grow flowers, fruit and veg.
  • Parent volunteers support children working in the garden.The children grow a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs and when harvested use these in cooking activities.
  • To support children’s social and emotional development, and their well-being we offer a range of after-school clubs - all with a view to increasing the range of experiences that children have, enabling them to make informed choices for adult life.  Activities are designed to be fun and cater for a wide variety of interests.
  • We monitor the wellbeing of our disadvantaged and vulnerable children.The Inclusion Leader is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and meets with children and their parents regularly. All children for whom the school receives Pupil Premium funding, have a Champion who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • The school is committed to gaining a fuller understanding of mental health and supporting the needs of identified children.
  • All staff are trained in supporting children’s wellbeing; ‘Developing Practices around Mental Health and Wellbeing’ will continue as a focus for school improvement.
  • As a school, we have and continue to access outside help and support for pupils when required.

Please see the links below to useful websites and guidance

Brighter Futures for Children

Oxfordshire CAHMS

NHS Every Mind Matters