Wellbeing and Mental Health

Our Team

In school we have a team of staff trained to support pupil’s wellbeing and mental health. The team includes

Children Mental Health Lead – Miss Groarke

ELSA Leads – Mrs Hales and Miss Hughes

Mental Health First Aiders – Mrs Hales, Mrs Lees, Mrs Brown

SENCos – Mrs Dowler (KS1/EYFS) and Miss Liddy (KS2)


Our RSHE curriculum

Our RSHE curriculum aim to raise the children’s self-esteem and confidence, especially in their relationships with others; to develop skills in language, decision-making and assertiveness; to help children gain access to information and support; to enable children to participate in society and to value themselves and others. Our curriculum includes

  • Healthy mindset
  • Online Safety
  • Healthy relationships
  • Substance abuse

Our school environment

In school children are encourage to share their worries or concerns with staff specifically those wearing green lanyard.

Each classroom has a ‘Worry Box’ appropriate to their year group. Children can write their worries down and place them in the box knowing that an adult will support them with their worries.

In school we have access to the 'My Happy Mind' and Ten:Ten. These programs help to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s world by building resilient, balanced and happy minds.

  • Build Habits - All of our resources, lessons and activities support the formation of habits both at home and in school. Our approach is to ‘train the teacher’ which includes teachers in schools and parents so that the learning can be embedded into the everyday.
  • Enabled by the best technology - All of our programs are delivered using the best technology on the market. This means that the content is easy to access from anywhere and at any time.
  • Grounded in positive psychology and neuroscience - We believe in teaching the science and embedding habits around mental wellbeing in a fun and positive way. We give children the understanding and tools to cope when times get hard.
  • Fun - We think it’s time to end the taboo on mental health which is why all of our content is delivered with the help of our fun characters who not only move and talk on screen but provide a powerful visual cue for the children!
  • A holistic approach - We passionately believe in supporting staff wellbeing alongside children’s wellbeing, so our Primary School and Nursery Programs offer a full Staff Development Program and free parent app alongside the children’s program.

ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant



The ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) intervention was originally developed within Southampton, then Hampshire, by Sheila Burton, Educational Psychologist. It was designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources. This is achieved by training teaching assistants to develop and deliver individualised support programmes to meet the emotional needs of children and teenagers in their care. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. This intervention is now widely implemented by educational psychologists across Britain.

We are very lucky to have two fully trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) in school. Examples of things covered on the training are social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories and therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem, counselling skills such as solution focus and friendship.


Visyon -  https://www.visyon.org.uk/

 Visyon is a charity that supports the emotional health of children, young people and their families in Cheshire EAST.

If you are a child or young person, Visyon can help you improve your mental health so that you feel better about yourself and the things that happen in your day-to-day life. If you are a parent, grandparent or carer, you can come to us to gain the skills to give your child the support they need. Services include -

  • One to one counselling
  • Mentoring
  • One to one practical strategies
  • Therapeutic groups
  • Creative groups
  • Young people webinars
  • Parent workshops
  • Family/parent wellbeing support
  • Parent webinars

They are not currently accepting any referrals for children under the age of 11 in Cheshire. However you can access the parent courses and information.


Young Minds - https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

We’re the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health.

We want to see a world where no young person feels alone with their mental health, and all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

Find out more about who we are, the work we're doing and what we're trying to achieve.


Crisis Triage and Response Service (CTRS)

The Crisis Triage and Response Service (CTRS), is part of the Urgent Care First Response provide by Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust (CWP).  The First Response Model combines the current Home Treatment Teams, Liaison Psychiatry, Criminal Justice Liaison & Diversion, Street Triage and Hospital Alcohol Services across the Trust’s geographical footprint and addresses the management of all external mental health crisis referrals.


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St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School. Manor Park South, Knutsford WA16 8AL

Tel: 01565 633637 | Email: [email protected]