Wellbeing at Thackley

At Thackley Primary School, we believe that positive mental health and wellbeing is the basis for a happy and successful life at school and beyond.

Wellbeing plays a key role in our school ethos and shapes our policies and procedures and is embedded in our school aims of ‘Skills for Life’ and ‘Happy Memories’.

We strive to improve the wellbeing of our students and staff in everything we do, seeking to build resilience, identify and monitor concerns, and support students and families who face challenges.

It is essential that we build resilience in our students by creating an environment that is both caring and challenging, encourages risk while permitting failure, and provides opportunities for children to step out of their comfort zone.

As part of our varied curriculum, encouraging all our students to take part in activities such as music, drama, art and sports allows them to gain experience from which we hope they learn, develop and grow as individuals.

We also look to develop wellbeing through:

  • PSHE lessons, in which we discuss topics such as choices, friendships and relationships.
  • Whole-school and year group assemblies, in which external and internal experts speak to children on issues such as E Safety and social media use.
  • Regular Wellbeing/Mindfulness sessions in class.
We also use opportunities such as Children’s Mental Health Week, Thackley Happy Week, class assemblies and circle time to emphasise the importance of mental health and maintaining an open and positive environment.  We strive to teach children the strategies to maintain and improve their own wellbeing.

We encourage pupils to raise any concerns with a member of staff to whom they feel comfortable talking to and all staff work together to identify any changes in behaviour and monitor any concerns.

Our Learning Mentor is available for all children to spend time with if and when required.

We continue to develop our staff so that they can better support our students.

As with every aspect of school life, effective support for pupils’ mental health and wellbeing depends on the strength of input from our families and the wider community.

We continue to encourage an open dialogue with all our families and know how important it is for us to work together to help us maintain and improve wellbeing throughout our school community.