Social, Emotional and Mental Health

At Brackensdale ER Primary School we aim to promote positive mental health for all of our pupils and staff. In addition and linked to the whole school aims of creating active, responsible citizens who are prepared for their future, we aim to support pupils to be able to manage change.

We pursue these aims using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils, using outside agencies where necessary.

The importance of social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) is recognised within the School Development Plan with the aim of creating a successful SEMH strategy to ensure that pupils receive the mental health support they need quickly and efficiently.

The school intends to test its developing provision and current systems for SEMH through the application for The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. It is a whole school award, which focusses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils. The award has a focus on changing the long-term culture of a school, and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all and high priority in school for all involved, including staff, pupils, governors and parents.

With this award we will demonstrate that we are committed to:

  • Promoting mental health as part of school life
  • Improving the emotional wellbeing 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
  • Engaging the whole-school community in the importance of mental health awareness
  • Capturing the views of parents, carers, pupils and staff on mental health issues

In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures, we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.



Our Mental Health Team


The Mental Health Team is led by Mrs Sian Mills – Head of School KS1


Other members of the team that meet termly are:


Mr Joe Campbell- Class teacher –KS2 and Family Engagement Lead

Mrs Gosia Taylor- Class teacher and EYFS Lead

Mrs Karen Stone- Attachment and Nurture Lead KS1/2

Mrs Tracey Ives- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sam Hassall- HLTA and Speech and Language Lead

Mrs Sorcha Walmsley- SENCo