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Yealmpstone Farm Primary School

'The doorway to learning for the whole community.'

Mental health and Well-being

At Yealmpstone Farm Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

 At our school we:

  • help children, parents and staff to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children, parents and staff feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children, parents and staff socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children, parents and staff know that they count
  • encourage children, parents and staff to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children, parents and staff to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils  through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.

Additonal support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  Parents access this through our Parent Support Advisor, Kelly Tompkins.

Targeted support-  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

Lead staff members:

Heidi Price: Headteacher

Esther Archer: Deputy Head teacher

Viki Allen: SENCo, Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead 

Kristina Pierce: ELSA  ( Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Jessica Wafer: ELSA  ( Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

Kelly Tompkins: ELSA  ( Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), PSA




Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 - Express Yourself

From 1-7 February 2021 schools, youth groups, organisations and individuals across the UK will take part in Children’s Mental Health Week. Next year’s theme is Express Yourself.

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.

Around three children in every primary school class has a mental health problem, and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with childrena parent or carerpassionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be, you can help us reach as many people as possible.