Wellbeing at Wood End
The wellbeing of everybody in our school community is very important to us at Wood End School.
At Wood End, ‘wellbeing’ means both feeling good and functioning well. We believe that everybody has a part to play in supporting positive wellbeing.
Our six Wood End Learner Traits are embedded throughout the school curriculum and day to day life.
We hope this page helps you to gain a greater understanding of what we do at Wood End School and offers you some links that might help from the small worries to the big.
It is impossible to explain everything that we do to support each other’s wellbeing, but we would like to share a few examples with you:
- Help our children to understand their emotions, feelings and develop the confidence to freely discuss these.
- Embrace everyone’s differences and ensure children and adults know that they are important.
- Encourage all to be confident and develop emotional resilience. We know this is important for helping us deal with life’s ups and downs and that it can help prevent the development of mental health problems.
- We greatly value the views of all our pupils and encourage them to feel comfortable to share their thoughts and/or concerns with us through one to one conversations or talking with the School Council and the Eco Council.
- In PSHE, Personal, Social and Health Education, we follow the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme of work. We chose ‘Jigsaw’ because it is based on a mindfulness philosophy and practice. It aims to improve children’s resilience, emotional well-being and their capacity to learn.
- We encourage parents and carers to share any concerns about their child with us. We understand the importance of early identification and early intervention and what a worrying time this can be.
- Occasionally a child or family may need more expert help from an outside agency. We are a member of Harpenden Plus Partnership, based at Sauncey Wood Primary, they can offer a variety of support services for children and families.
- The school nurse can also work closely with our children and families on an individual support basis.
Some useful links:
- Healthy Young Minds in Herts is a great website for parents, children and professionals to learn more about children's mental health and the services and help available.
- Herts Mind Network - provide a wide range of individual support services, please click the links below to explore what kind of support might be most helpful to you, including a Crisis Helpline 01923 256391 - https://www.hertsmindnetwork.org/Pages/Category/individual-support
- ‘Harpenden Partnership Plus’ is a free and confidential service for parents/carers of children who attend the partnership schools. They can support you and your family with any concerns you may be facing with your child at home or school, however large or small the problem.
- The School Nursing service, works with children, their parents/carers and the school to offer a range of support. Referrals can be made by the school or family online following this link.
- For Hertfordshire residents who are experiencing a wide range of mental health problems such as: worry, low mood, insomnia and stress, Hertfordshire Partnership’s Wellbeing Service offers free and confidential talking therapy and practical support. Referrals can be made online.
Visit our Family Support Services Page (parent tab) for further information.