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At Woodlane High School, we aim to promote the positive mental health of our pupils. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill health. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. Rates of mental ill health in children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is even higher. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill health. At Woodlane our role is:
- To promote the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils by ensuring they feel safe and happy;
- To identify mental health needs and concerns, providing early intervention;
- To provide a range of mental health support suitable for the needs of the individual;
- To deliver specialist therapeutic intervention in school; and
- To refer pupils to external specialist intervention when required.
In school support:
- Educating our pupils about mental health and raising the profile
- Drawing and Talking
- Respond Art Therapy
- MIND counselling
- Sensory Circuits
- Circle of Friends
- Lego therapy
- Named staff member to talk to/Mentor
- Emotion coaching
- Self-Referrals (co-regulation with SLT)
Community based support:
- West London Mental Health NHS Trust
- Hammersmith and Fulham Mind
- MindEd online training for parents
Woodlane has a dedicated Mental Health HLTA, who is a trained counsellor. In addition to the items above, our HLTA can provide virtual support, home visits and tuition for an individually specified period of time. This is a limited resource and the aim is for pupils to return to school as soon possible/they are able.
Woodlane has also achieved the Mental Health Award for Schools, please click here for further information.