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Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Happy to be back in school!


We were all really 'happy' to return to our school in September and to celebrate this, each class created a 'Happiness is...' display for our school hall. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the things that make us feel happy!



Mrs Simcox heads up our strategy for developing good mental health and emotional well-being, not just for the children, but also for all adults in school and parents/carers in our whole-school community.


Take a look at some of our key initiatives:


  • The 'zones of regulation' (strategies using the 'Inside Out' characters): encouraging children to regulate their own feelings and emotions before seeking further help from staff in school.
  • Use of our brand new sensory garden - a calming space for children to unwind, calm down and channel positive thoughts and feelings. It could be to enjoy gardening, have a chat with a friend or even read a good book. Our mindfulness colouring activities also take place here, led by our 'Well-being Champions'.
  • Our reviewed PSHE curriculum ensures that pupils access learning linked to mental health and emotional well-being topics.
  • 'Well-being Champions': a team of kind and caring children who strive to make all children feel safe and included at break and lunch times. These children are easily recognisable around our school with their bright yellow lanyards. They have all received training in our 'SMILE' strategy to enable them to support children who feel 'unhappy' during unstructured times of the school day.


Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Awards for Schools

We are currently working towards achievement of this. Thank you for your suggestions, evaluations and participation in all of the events we have organised relating to raising awareness of mental health and emotional well-being amongst our whole-school community. So far, we've made a real difference in our approach to this important area of development and will strive to keep improving the quality of our provision.


Below are the key policies linked to our provision for Mental Health and Emotional Well-being. Check out the SEND information and our other policies page for extra information. You will also find below our list of trusted websites and online resources!

Useful links for children to support their emotional well-being:





Useful links and documents for parents and carers:



Your views as parents and carers are so important to us. The response to our questionnaires was extremely positive and the attendance at the first parent workshop was really inspiring during April 2019. However, at our most recent parent workshop, although we had many replies, only 3 parents attended what would have been a fabulous chance for us all to share ideas and suggestions.


Is there something in particular you would like to learn more about? Is there something you would like us to take note of in school? Let's find out about it!


Pop in to see Mrs Simcox or give her a call in school to let her know your thoughts and then we can decide a theme for our next workshop in the spring term!

Castlefort’s Nurturing Minds Programme


At Castlefort JMI, we recognise that pupils with low levels of confidence, poor social skills and low self-esteem can often demonstrate challenging behaviours. The reasons for these behaviours can be varied but one or more of these factors may contribute to them having difficulty in accessing the curriculum. As a result, we have invested in the creation of a nurturing facility dedicated to helping pupils identified as having high levels of emotional or behavioural difficulties.


Young people with emotional and behavioural problems often have a negative view of school, which can persist through their life, but it is hoped that a positive experience will change that perception. Through our bespoke ‘Nurturing Minds’ programme, we aim for pupils’ anxieties and personal fears to become alleviated. We hope to provide students with the skills necessary for them to express their feelings and engage with their emotions in a healthy manner. As our pupils come to discover ways to manage and cope with their emotional and behavioural difficulties, they will be able to access the curriculum and work towards achieving their potential in life.


Aims and Objectives of ‘Nurturing Minds’


  • To allow young people a space to express and communicate feelings and difficulties in their lives, through a variety of media in constructive rather than aggressive ways and in a non-threatening environment.
  • To help young people feel good about themselves, and raise their self-esteem by providing activities which focus on their strengths and by valuing what they do and making it special.
  • To provide a non-authoritarian, supportive, reliable, safe, unconditional relationship within the school and other settings.
  • To provide some of the early experiences that may have been missed but which are necessary for formal education and social interaction.
  • To help young people acquire the complex range of life skills needed to achieve their full potential.


Our Setting


To promote positive feelings towards school life, we have created two special rooms where children who are experiencing difficulties can feel safe and enjoy their surroundings. The majority of our 'Nurturing Minds' programme will be taught in the Forest Room. This is a room designed to comfort our pupils and to make them feel 'at home' with many fun educational resources available to use. Every child will also get to experience a short time in our sensory room called the 'Magic Room', which has been designed to meet the needs of all children, including those with diagnosed sensory needs. 

The Forest Room

The Magic Room