Welcome to our Wellbeing Page
Wellbeing underpins our ethos here at Chiddingstone School and enables an inclusive approach to all pupils. We actively encourage our children to identify and talk about their feelings and children know where they can go for support.
Working alongside our Inclusion Leader Nicki Durrant, we have a designated Wellbeing Mentor, Liz McCarthy. Liz has been part of the Chiddingstone team for over twenty years and has a broad range of experience in supporting children with both SEND and SEMH. Liz developed her role as Wellbeing Mentor after studying at PLACE2BE (the leading charity supporting children's mental health in the Education System)
- Working closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Inclusion Leaders and Class Teachers, Liz meets with children on a 1-1 basis and in small groups. The reasons for the sessions are varied and range from anxiety, low self-esteem through to parental separation or loss. The impact is evidenced by the child's ability to engage positively in all areas of school life, both in and out of the classroom
- Wellbeing AOW are held once per term. These are delivered by Nicki Durrant & Liz McCarthy. Our recent AOW (June 21) was on the topic of Kindness and the children embedded their understanding by creating 'Acts of Kindness" bunting.
- Transition to Secondary school groups take place in the final term for all Year 6 children to support them with moving on. Sessions are interactive and children are invited to discuss topics ranging from Internet safety, Getting Organised, Drugs awareness and we explore "What If Scenarios." These sessions are designed to engage and inform children through a positive approach about moving on to their secondary schools.
- Nurture Groups were held after school in Term 4 and 5 and the high staff/ child ratio, enabled a range of activities to take place and included mindfulness, yoga, baking, gardening. These small groups helped to build confidence and resilience through conversation and play. We are hoping to reintroduce Nurture group in the coming Academic Year
If you have a concern about your child’s wellbeing or current support, please contact your child’s class teacher , in the first instance, or our Inclusion Leader Nicki Durrant.
Nicki Durrant (Inclusion Leader)
Tel: 01892 870339