At Mayfield, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils 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.
How do we help our pupils to be ready for challenges?
We have a well-planned Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum that all children take part in each week. We follow the Ealing Borough's programme which covers various topics such as Healthy Relationships, Valuing Difference, Keeping Safe, Rights and Respect, and Growing and Changing. This curriculum helps our pupils to become emotionally literate, understand the importance of families and caring relationships, respect those who are different and feel comfortable about sharing their feelings and emotions as a normal part of school life.
Who can I talk to at School?
Our Senior Mental Health Lead is Claire Thomas and she is always happy to talk about anything you may be worried about. All our staff are ready to help and we will do whatever we can to support you and your child so please come and talk to us.
As part of our school life we:
- have assemblies where we promote our school vision and values and talk about ‘big’ issues
- actively promote equality so any pupils who feel different feel safe and secure and can be themselves
- teach about e-safety regularly in our PSHE and Computing lessons to enable pupils to make good decisions online and protect themselves from harm
- celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week every February
- talk about bullying, including cyber bullying and what they can do if they think it is happening to them or others
- run a Health, Mental Health and Fitness Week were pupils are encouraged to be as physically active as possible as well as take part in activities to improve their mental health
- teach about healthy eating through our PSHE and science lessons and we help pupils to make healthy choices at lunchtime
- have a range of enrichment opportunities and clubs which children can take part in so they can connect with life beyond their home and school by getting out and about seeing things and doing activities
- fundraise regularly for different local and national charities so pupils can see how they can make a difference.
What do we have on offer here to help your child?
Support Circles: All our pupils have identified the trusted adults in their Support Circles and we encourage children to speak to their trusted adults at school and at home, if they are facing challenges.
Ealing Schools Counselling Service: A self-referral service to give pupils extra support for their emotional wellbeing. It is run by Violeta Camarero every Wednesday lunchtime and children can sign up by putting a 'Space Slip' in her box in the year 2 corridor. This service is also available to parents and staff if needed. If you would like to make an appointment to speak to Violeta, please either email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text her on 07368365723.
Coffee Mornings: Violeta will be holding a Coffee Morning every term, for any parents who wish to attend. Topics will be covered that will help you support your child(ren)'s healthy emotional development and well-being.
1:1 counselling: We have two other therapists who work with specific children who may benefit from more regular support, using therapeutic play and the creative arts.
Mental Health Schools Team: Drop in sessions are available for parents regularly.
Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Ealing CAMHS provides community mental health services to children, young people and their families with complex mental health difficulties, in a range of different ways depending on their needs. We can make referrals to CAMHS or if you prefer you can go via your GP.
Early Help: In Ealing, the term early help refers to any extra support you may need for your family. This can range from providing information, to support in your home or recommending courses that might be helpful for you. You might already be using some of these services. Many organisations across Ealing provide early help and we try to work together to make it as easy as possible for you to get the right support, at the right time in the right place.
If you would like to find out about any of the services listed above or just want a chat then please contact Miss Thomas or any other member of our staff.
Key websites for general information, advice and resources on child mental health and Wellbeing: