At Cippenham School we are committed to transforming children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health provision, building a whole school environment and developing approaches to enable children to achieve their full potential. We have developed a supportive school and classroom climate with an ethos which builds a sense of connectedness, focus and purpose, the acceptance of emotion and vulnerability, warm relationships and the celebration of difference.
What is wellbeing?
Wellbeing is the experience of health and happiness. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and an ability to manage stress. More generally, wellbeing is just feeling well.
How is this achieved?
At Cippenham School we strive to be a mentally healthy school and achieve good wellbeing for all in a variety of ways. We:
- ensure the environment is safe, welcoming, non-judgemental and secure;
- recognise, promote and celebrate diversity, valuing everyone equally;
- promote wellbeing and mental health through school procedures and policies;
- have active child, staff and parent/carer involvement in school life;
- have developed a curriculum, together with day-to-day interactions, that reflect and build strong social and emotional skills and knowledge;
- promote and make the most of protective factors that enhance children’s mental health and wellbeing such as developing a sense of belonging in children, parents and carers; supporting families to promote children’s wellbeing; and have staff that build positive and warm relationship with children;
- take action swiftly to address school-based risk factors which can undermine children’s wellbeing and mental health such as bullying and academic stress;
- identify and support children who need extra help as early as possible;
- support the professional development of school staff about mental health awareness;
- and promote respectful communication between everyone.
The role of the school leaders.
The school leaders strive to drive the ethos of the school; inspiring, championing and leading the school in a way that promotes the mental health of everyone and prevents poor mental health. We feel it is important for school leaders to:
- Look after their own mental health and wellbeing.
- Demonstrate good social and emotional self awareness, knowledge and skills themselves.
- Model the importance of work-life balance, instilling this culture across the staff team.
- Making sure that school wellbeing is a topic that everyone feels comfortable addressing, especially when staff and pupils are under pressure.
- Help staff develop clarity on their roles and responsibilities making sure that supportive management systems are in place.
- Include, as part of workplace wellbeing, opportunities for colleagues to develop relationships and build a sense of belonging to the team and the school.
Please refer to our PSHE and wellbeing policies for more information.
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