Supporting Wellbeing at Potter Street Academy
The ethos of our school is very inclusive and the atmosphere is warm and nurturing. We employ one full-time experienced Learning Mentor and one full-time Family Liaison Officer who support the behaviour and emotional wellbeing of children and their families. The support is individualised to specific needs and is delivered in small groups or 1:1.
As a school, we recognise that some pupils need specific therapeutic interventions, and as a result, we also invest in Harbour counselling. This in school service is available to support children on a 1:2:1 basis and in small groups. We are also closely linked with the support of trailblazers.
We have made a commitment to conducting mindfulness sessions daily. Where children are introduced to different mindfulness techniques that they can use both in school and at home.
At our school we follow the 5 ways of wellbeing:
Children have been introduced to the 5 ways of wellbeing and posters of our hand are around the school and in classrooms.
- Connect- building relationships enriches your life
- Take notice – take time to be still, reflect and be aware of what is going on around you.
- Keep learning – set a goal and learn something new
- Be active – exercise releases happy hormones that make you feel positive
- Give – acts of kindness make you feel happier about yourself and more satisfied about life.
Children are at the very heart of what we do and their opinions, ideas and contributions are highly valued. We have a dedicated group of children (Wellbeing Champions) who, together with staff, work to make sure all our children feel happier, healthier and more resilient to life’s ups and downs. You can notice them around school by the yellow, smiley face badges they wear.
We are proud to be a part of Healthy Schools, we promote healthy food choices through our school dinners and fresh fruits snacks. We encourage children who bring in packed lunches to have a balanced healthy lunch. We discourage sweets/chocolate being brought in lunches or snack and instead require children to come in with fresh fruit.
Staff to contact to discuss your child’s wellbeing
We would always encourage you to contact the class teacher of your child through class dojo/tapestry or via the school office. Other members of staff who are there to support children’s wellbeing are.
- Amanda Hawkes
- Kim Littlechild
- Michelle Porter
- Nicola Beesley