St Gabriel’s RC Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff, governors and volunteers are expected to share this commitment. For more information please see our safeguarding policy which can be found under Key Information > Policies > Safeguarding Policy.
Mental Health & Wellbeing
“A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person.
And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints….” Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
The emotional development of the whole school community at St Gabriel's RC is of paramount importance. Our curriculum is designed to enhance emotional and mental health & wellbeing alongside physical health, spiritual, social, moral and cultural development.
Mrs Smethurst is the Pastoral Manager and leads on mental health and wellbeing throughout the school.
Mrs Smethurst works alongside our staff and Governors for Mental Health & Wellbeing.
As a team, they ensure effective support, planning and resources are in place.
Mrs Clegg and Miss Leyland lead on pupil support.
Mrs Smethurst and Mrs Brooks lead on staff support.
Mrs Williams and Mrs Bolton lead on parental liaison.
Mrs Smethurst carries out regular Whole School Mental Health Audits. This data is used to inform our use of well-being interventions and whole school strategies for improving the Mental Health of the whole school community. The wellbeing of all children is carefully monitored through the use of various assessments.
Our Graduated Response to Mental Health is then followed to support any child identified as needing wellbeing support.
Please contact Mrs Smethurst if you are concerned about your child's Mental Health or the Mental Health of a member of your family.
The Anna Freud Centre
The Anna Freud Centre offer Mental Health and Well-being support for parents and young people.
Young Minds Helpline for Parents and Young People
If you are a parent who needs advice about your child’s mental health, you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am-4pm.
Calm Zone Childline
Calm Zone Childline has produced a toolbox of activities, such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga, videos and games for children
These UK helplines offer emotional support and are open over the weekend
Samaritans: Call 116 123
Crisis Text Line: Text SHOUT to 85258
CALM: Call 0800585858