National Nurture Award - July 2023
We are delighted to announce we have received the National Nurturing Schools Award from Nurture UK in recognition of our whole school approach to nurture. The full report can be viewed on the Nurture page.
We recently welcomed Andy Caress from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT) back into school. He has been visiting us for several years to deliver assemblies to KS1 and KS2, workshops to year 6 and a parent talk, all on the topic of wellbeing. Once again Andy shared his amazing knowledge, helping year 6 pupils to get ready for the next exciting stage in their education and providing parents with top tips of how to support their children. For more details see the CWMT website Charlie Waller Trust, mental health charity.
For details of the parent/carer talk see the attached slides below.
We are delighted to welcome Cristina Ortiz Ruiz to St. John’s. She is an Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner working for the NHS and she will be in school this year each Wednesday. Cristina’s role is to offer children in Year 3 upwards emotional wellbeing and mental health support in school. She will do this via assemblies, class-based workshops (on topics such as friendships, understanding worries, transition to secondary school and coping with tests) and small group or 1:1 support (with parental permission). Cristina can provide help with worries around anxiety, phobias and low mood using a CBT approach. We have leaflets for parents in school so please ask if you would like more information.
We were delighted to welcome Andy Caress from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust back to St. John's once again. He spoke to children across the school as part of assemblies, discussing mental health and wellbeing and talking about practical strategies they can use to support themselves and each other. Andy also worked with each year 6 class to think specifically about the transition to secondary school and the associated thoughts and feelings the children may be experiencing. Finally he met with parents to provide guidance on how to support their children as they navigate the move to secondary school alongside adolescence with its associated challenges. The slides from the parent talk can be viewed below. Please note that the information is for personal use, and that the slides should not be used by individuals or groups as part of any further training delivery.
We are delighted to announce that we have recently been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools ‘School Mental Health Award’ – Bronze Status in recognition of the work we have been doing over the last two years. Many of you have recently completed a survey as have the children, to give us feedback and also to highlight where we still have work to do. You may recall the first survey took place in late 2019 and we are really pleased to be able to report that, despite all the challenges of the last 16 months, we have still been able to make many improvements.