At North Kesteven Academy we recognise the vital importance of mental as well as physical health. We aim to promote positive mental health and well-being for our whole school community including children, staff, parents and carers. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall well-being and can affect their learning and achievement. All children go through ups and downs during their school career and some face significant life events.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
We do this through establishing strong relationships between students and staff and clear communication and partnerships with parents and carers. Our Personal and Social Development programme encompassing understanding of mental health issues and where to seek support within our academy and external agencies that can help.