Well-being Leader: Mrs J. Bell
Well-being Committee: Mrs D. Maskery, Mrs J. Oakes, Mrs A. Sherwin, Miss G.Crewe, Mrs F.Ruscoe, Mrs M.Hudson & Mrs R. Thorne
Mental Health First Aiders: Mrs J.Oakes, Mrs J.Bell Mrs C.Cottis, Miss H. Birch, Mrs S.Monghan & Mrs A.Sherwin

The World Health Organisation defines wellbeing as: ‘a state of mind in which an individual is able to realise his or her own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.’

Here at Eaton Park Academy, we value the health and well-being of our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers) and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is in addition to physical health. As a school, we recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement and when developing the individual, we want to create resilient children who are able to cope, adapt and thrive in the ever-changing world around them.

At Eaton Park, we continuously promote emotional health and mental wellbeing through the following:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is central to the curriculum across the school. PSHE assists children to cope with changes within their lives and involving their body, introduces them to a wider world and the language of choice, helps to manage transitions and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.
  • Growth Mindset is a key part of the whole school ethos, where children are encouraged to attempt challenges, use metacognition strategies to build on prior learning and push themselves to achieve their very best and are encouraged through the school motto of ‘Enjoy Progress Achieve to shine both within and outside of the school curriculum.
  • The Computing Curriculum covers E-Safety and ambassadors for this support teaching by leading assemblies and promoting how to stay safe online and as well as online image.
  • Extra-curricular activities support and develop pupils’ wellbeing, developing enjoyment and confidence
  • Weekly PE lessons encouraging healthy bodies as well as minds.
  • Clubs that promote mental well-being and mindfulness are being developed and children are offered targeted support to access these.
  • Assemblies celebrate differences and discuss openly mental health, topics relating to this and how to support themselves and others, when to seek help etc. and enable open discussion for all alongside the knowledge that there is a network of support surrounding them.
  • Healthy school eating is encouraged.
  • Healthy relationship workshops are delivered by the school nurse and outside charities and are built in to the curriculum (particularly in Upper Key Stage Two).
  • Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Weeks, focussing on how to stay well and incorporating yoga activities, delivered by the Children’s Yoga Foundation.
  • Playgrounds accessed by children during break and lunchtimes alongside reading areas, places to play with Playground Warriors and peer support.
  • Healthy cookery sessions linked to the curriculum are planned within each year group and many children access Breakfast or Cookery Club as a before or after school activity to support cooking skills as well as the nurturing element of eating together.
  • Outdoor learning is used across the school and to enhance the curriculum.
  • Educational visits and residential visits support outdoor learning and co-operative learning where children are supported to access their local area and work outside of the confines of the school environment.

Wellbeing Strategy

As an academy and as part of Alpha Academies Trust, we have a wellbeing strategy, which sets out how we develop positive mental health and wellbeing for all. Our strategy reflects the voices of all stakeholders through surveys and discussions to ensure it captures and reflects needs and supports all.

Well-being Award

We are very excited to announce that we have achieved the Well-being Award for Schools, administered by Award Place, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau.

We signed up to achieve this award to further develop our work to promote positive well-being and mental health for the whole school community and gain accreditation for the work we have already done. It also tied in with our school strategy to help our pupils become caring, active citizens and achieve excellence.

On November 10th 2021, we were assessed against the well-being objectives and our practice was validated, securing the Wellbeing Award Status. See our fantastic report here: Well-being verification report – EPA

About the Award

There are eight objectives to achieve within the Well-being Award Framework, containing several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set out within each. The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional well-being and mental health of both staff and pupils.

The award enabled us to develop these practices and helped us to ensure that well-being was embedded in the long-term culture of our school. It helped us to create an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.

With this award, we demonstrated our commitment to:

  • Promoting mental health as part of every day school life
  • Improving the emotional well-being of our staff and pupils
  • Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
  • Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff
  • Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
  • Capturing the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues

The school is a happy and positive community.

| Ofsted 2019

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