The emotional health and wellbeing of all members of the Frederick Gent School community is fundamental to the philosophy and ethos of the school. We up-hold our school’s vision of quality, care and success in all areas of the school. This has resulted in the school gaining the Well Being Award.
Mental Health Team
Rachael Skelton (Deputy Headteacher) – Designated Safeguarding Lead for Mental Health
Leah Hine (Family Support Worker) – Mental Health First Aider
Kirsty Savage (ALSA) – Mental Health First Aider
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stressed of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community (World Health organisation).
As a school we recognise that there are times when the young people in our school can struggle with their emotional and mental health. This can be due to the situations which all teenagers face such as exams, changes in the family and friendship breakdowns. In these cases the young people can be supported through their families and the pastoral teams in school. In some cases, the young person may benefit from some additional support such as mentoring or counselling. However, some young people experience emotional and mental health disorders which can effect their day to day lives. In these situations, the young person will need additional support and we would always recommend that medical advice is taken. We recognise that both of these situations can be difficult for the young person and their families.
As a school we support students and their families in a number of ways which include:
- PHSE days on managing metal health
- Reducing exam stress sessions for identified students
- Direct work with the youth worker or family support worker
- Access to the school nurse
- Access to Kooth counselling
The school also works in partnership with:
- The school nurse
- Other external agencies
If you feel that your young person would benefit from access to Kooth counselling you should access please click here.