" ... while providing a nest to come home to."
At Overthorpe C of E Academy we are very proud of our emotional support, our mental health support and our well-being support, for pupils and staff.
We have a dedicated Mental Health and Wellbeing team, led by Mrs Allott. We have staff trained in the delivery of interventions to support well-being, such as "Who am I?", "Drawing and Talking" and "Winston's Wish."
Mrs Allott and Mrs Bradford are qualified Mental Health First Aiders and our teaching staff have undertaken the short course "Youth Mental Health Aware" which is accredited by Mental Health First Aid England.
In addition to this, we are a Trailblazers school. This means that we have a member of the Mental Health Support Team, Alice Lilley, who comes into school each week to work with children on a 1:1 basis or in small groups. Alice works closely with Mrs Allott, parents and the Educational Psychologist, as well as outside agencies such as CAMHs.
Digby, the Cockapoo, is our Nurture dog. He visits school at least once a week to support the well being of certain children and of our staff members. He hears children reading and lives in Mr Birkett's office. To read more about Digby, please click here.
Further information about the Trailblazers scheme is below, along with our Mental Health and Wellbeing policy.