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Wellbeing within the school community is essential to ensure that our students learn and thrive.
There are three main strands:
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Wellbeing is critical to cognitive development and social and emotional development.
At Castle Hill School, wellbeing is explicit within all areas of the curriculum and wellbeing practices are visible within the learning environment, enabling pupils to feel confident, express emotions, build good relationships, live productively, cope with stresses and adapt in times of change. Every pupil has a social/ emotional target in their EHC Plan, from which wellbeing MAPP targets are created, which in turn inform medium term and short term planning, to ensure that the individual wellbeing of the pupils are met. Pupil wellbeing underpins practices across school, most importantly those relating to the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as Student Voice and Healthy Schools Agenda. Wellbeing is promoted through the Curriculum Guides. Wellbeing boards in classrooms and around school celebrate success and provide a source of information to staff. Specific assemblies address various aspects of pupil wellbeing.
The Wellbeing Working Party provides a forum for discussion on pupil wellbeing and reflection on the Wellbeing Policy. In addition, the Wellbeing Working Party works in collaboration with the Behaviour Working Party and the Positive Behaviour Policy supports pupil wellbeing.
These are our indicators of good wellbeing.
Confidence: Feeling confident in yourself and having positive self-esteem.
Emotions: Feeling and expressing a range of emotions.
Relationships: Building and maintaining good relationships with others.
Engaging: Feeling engaged with the world around you.
Being productive: Living and working productively.
Coping: Coping with the stress of daily life.
Adapting: Adapting in times of change and uncertainty.
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In a recent staff survey (September 2018) the overwhelming majority of respondents expressed their pride and enjoyment of working at Castle Hill School. Please click here for the full results.
Here at Castle Hill we create a happy working environment which allows staff to thrive and deliver an outstanding education for our students. Our Staff Wellbeing Officer/Champion coordinates our monthy staff wellbeing meetings and delivers a variety of ongoing wellbeing projects including our; special friend scheme, flower fund project, massage for staff sessions, birthday board, staff star award and our gratitude board.
The Senior Leadership Team work closely with our Wellbeing Champion and provide a wide variety of ongoing training opportunities to promote health and happiness. Courses to date include: Thrive and Flourish, Resilience, How to sleep and Healthy Lifestyles. Our mentor scheme here at Castle Hill also ensures that all staff are supported and developed within their working environment.
We have recently enhanced the school’s contract with Kirklees Employee Health Care to ensure a broader Wellbeing offer is available including; self-referral, physiotherapy and counselling.
Our approach to wellbeing is quality assured through staff attendance and the annual staff questionnaire.
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School and our Family Liaison Outreach and Support Officer (FLOSO) works closely with families to ensure that our parents/carers have a strong voice within our community.
Communication is essential and ongoing lines of communication are promoted on an ongoing basis through home/school books, telephone conversations, face to face informal meetings, reviews and parents evenings. We also provide a variety of wellbeing opportunities for parents and families including social events such as coffee mornings and seasonal socials.
Our FLOSO works tirelessly to provide an ongoing package of support and assistance for families ensuring that lines of communication are open and effective between school, parents and
Our FLOSO also provides enrichment and wellbeing opportunities for parents including pamper days, trips, socials and our regular parents’ group meetings.
FLOSO also helps to facilitate educational advice and guidance through our annual education workshop offer.
Through this process parents can join other parents and professionals and discuss issues related to education and behaviour.
Transition is essential to wellbeing within families. A secure transition system provides a sense of security for next steps. For further information on Transition please access our Curriculum Overview which is available on our Curriculum Page.
Websites and Organisations to support Mental Health
This document provides information on websites and organisations recommended by MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) England, which supports families and young people with their mental health. This document has been recently updated (March 2020) to include resources and advice for supporting children and families around COVID-19.
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Apps to support Mental Health
This document provides information on Apps recommended by MHFA
(Mental Health First Aid) England, which supports families and young people
with their mental health.
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