Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Abbey Court School we pride ourselves in recognising the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing.  
The school environment is positive and supportive. The staff and pupils work cohesively. Staff have good interpersonal skills which support them in being able to identify if someone is in need of support . The staff also have an expert knowledge of the pupils also which enables them to provide bespoke strategies.  
The potential for learning, engaging and communicating is maximised when one have a regulated and calm state of mind.
Teaching strategies for self-regulation, mindfulness and recognition of the importance of the mental health and wellbeing of each individual is woven into and embedded in the school in a multitude of ways, including the PSHE curriculum, pupil voice, behaviour strategies, and reflection times in class. Pupils also benefit from access to resources such as the school farm and sensory room.
We are proud to be working towards the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health in Schools award for recognition of the support systems in place and work which is undertaken to support students, staff, families, governors and the community in understanding the significance of mental health.  
The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools is focused on evidence-based solutions which address schools', pupils and parents/carers needs; the development of a professional community of school mental health experts; and leading innovation within the area.
The award supports self-evaluating and developing our school practice in eight areas; Leadership and strategy, organisational structure and culture with a focus on staff, organisational structure and culture with a focus on pupils, support for staff, staff professional development and learning, support for pupils, working with parents and carers, working with external services.
Over a twelve month period, we are developing practice in these areas, and hope to achieve the award by December 2021.
Our termly newsletter provides regular updates with information about our progress, tips to support mental health and wellbeing and signposting to services which we hope all stakeholders of Abbey Court School will find useful.