St. John's

Church of England Primary School

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Mental Health, Wellbeing and Nurture

Mental Health at St John's


At St. John’s, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community.  We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils.


St. John’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Support


Whole school/universal approach


Targeted support


Specialist / personalised support  

Zones of regulation

Multi-Family Group (MFG)

1:1 Counselling in school


PSHE lessons

Talk-time with school counsellor

Referral to Primary Focus

Pupil Wellbeing Ambassadors

Saplings (Nurture) Provision

Referral to Educational Psychology


National Mental Health Week acknowledged


Small group intervention from specialist school staff

Referral to CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health service)

Trained Mental Health First Aiders

External agency support e.g. Young Carers

Referral to Children’s Services

Inclusion Team - Family and Attendance Support Advisor



Kent Mental Health Support Team /Emotional Wellbeing Worker from Sept 2022


Referral to LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) for SEMH (Social, emotional and mental health) specialist teacher support


School Senior Mental Health Lead training completed


‘Trauma Informed School’ Training Completed




Ongoing staff CPD to update staff on Mental Health and promote awareness




Kent National Nurturing Schools Programme – whole school approach to nurture 2022-23




Parental guidance and talks





In addition to promoting positive mental health taught through our PSHE curriculum, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health.  We recognise that in an average classroom, there may be as many as three children 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 students affected both directly and indirectly by mental ill health.  We have a Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, fully trained Mental Health First Aiders and a school counsellor who all work together to promote positive mental health at St. John’s.


Please see our Mental Health policy here.