We achieved our Wellbeing Award on 20th May 2022. Updates are shared in our school newsletter. If you would like to know more please speak to Mrs Wasley.
In this section we have created a pool of resources to support our pupils and their families with any issues they may be experiencing. Please do not hesitate to contact us at school if you have something you need help with.
At Henley Montessori Primary School our young people get the opportunity to learn and grow into themselves in an environment intentionally designed for them to thrive. How is this possible?
The process involved in our recently achieved ‘Wellbeing Award’ highlighted how the concept of ‘wellbeing’ is transformed into reality in our school. As with any award there is a research and judging element designed to determine what standards are being reached. The judges were keen to evidence how wellbeing fits into the school curriculum and what measures might enhance it.
This is not how our school works! With a firm basis in Montessori methods and principles, wellbeing is no ‘add on’ to the curriculum, wellbeing is the very foundation stone upon which all else, including the curriculum, rests. And it shows. Our happy family of children and parents could all choose easier options travelling to a local school nearer home, instead, we each go the extra mile (literally) because we believe and can see that our children develop best and achieve the most when they are considered, respected, nurtured and encouraged to be all that they can be in an environment that places ‘wellbeing’ at the centre.
Family Information Service
(FIS) is a good starting point to discover the many sources of support available to families.
Family Information Services: Warwickshire Family Information Service (facebook.com)
Mental health is just as important as physical health, it is important that we look after it.
Some useful websites:
Children and families – Warwickshire County Council
Mental health and wellbeing – Warwickshire County Council
Parents Helpline – YoungMinds
Parents guide to support A-Z (youngminds.org.uk)
Parents survival guide (youngminds.org.uk)
MindEd For Families
Offer confidential emotional support and information on a wide range of further resources and support on a number of different issues.
Help and advice for young people and parents. Helpline and online chat available.
How to support your child and links to other services.
Support services and resources for anyone who would like support coping with anxiety. Telephone and text helplines available.
Rise is a family of NHS-led services providing emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire. It’s made up of a number of different services, each led by mental health specialists.
Home | CAMHS (cwrise.com)
Early Help Assessment
Early Help is an informal process which brings agencies together in order to help a family access support around various issues including: finance, health, education, crime, housing, bereavement and parenting support.
Every family is entitled to Early Help. It starts with an assessment to find out what is important to the family and what they want to happen or change. The process is voluntary and can be cancelled at any time.
If you feel you or your family could benefit from an Early Help Assessment, please speak to Mrs Everley.
Mental Health Week, October 2022
Following our discussions on World Mental Health Day, these are some of the children’s suggestions – how they make themselves feel better when tackling small feelings and big feelings.
Mental Health Week, October 2021
During Mental Health week we talked about how mental health is just as important as physical health, and that it is important that we look after it.
Everyone had lots of good ideas about ways they can take care of their own mental health including talking to their friends and family, singing and dancing, giving a favourite toy a cuddle and eating chocolate!
Below is a website aimed at helping parents to take care of their own, as well as their children’s, mental health needs:
Details of further websites which you might find helpful are listed under the ‘Wellbeing’ area of our school website.
With help from our parent representatives, the Wellbeing Committee have been finding out if there is anything that parents would like to know more about helping to take care of their children’s mental health needs. The feedback from parents was very positive and we are now looking at ways to follow up suggestions, including reintroducing cooking and using larger spaces for PE.
Wellbeing has always been important to us and is at the heart of what we do, taking care of pupils and their families and being a supportive community.
We try to do this in lots of different ways.
For pupils: sharing their news, celebrating their achievements, having a named key worker/teacher, listening to them, and knowing them well, asking them how they are/what they have been doing, greeting every child each day at the door, making sure that there is always an adult available for children to talk to and time for them to speak.
Wellbeing and mental health are covered by the PSHE curriculum and other regular activities in the timetable such as yoga, in addition to a wide range of books and other resources for talking about feelings and emotions. We also take part in initiatives such as Mental Health Week.
For parents: keeping you informed with notice boards/emails/photos/Facebook/website, opportunities to socialise (Covid-permitting!), Mrs Everley being available every day at the door to speak to, offering time for the parents to be listened to either formally or informally and through both written and face-to-face contact.
When we have spoken to the children about their wellbeing, they talk about how they feel well-cared for at school – there are lots of mentions of being taken care of if they were hurt, or sad, or needed help with something. They like their school because they have friends and they have kind, caring teachers. They like that they are able to choose their activities and have fun at school. They also say that they feel listened to, for example when we ask them how they are or greet them when they arrive. One child’s response summed it all up – because you love us.
Younger members of our nursery and school said, ‘when I go to Tesco with daddy if I can’t find him then the people in purple uniforms can help me.’
During monthly staff planning meetings, pupils’ wellbeing is as important a part of our discussions as their academic needs. Training about emotional wellbeing and mental health is given to staff both at induction and as part of their ongoing professional development. We are also guided by our Mental Health Policy. In order to recognise and build on what we are doing, we have chosen to work towards achieving a Wellbeing Award for school.
Home school Communication Methods
Full written reports to parents, covering each subject, are provided annually and in addition parents meet with teachers each term for a progress update. Individual appointments to meet teachers can be organised at any time. Parents of SEND pupils are invited to regular IEP reviews. Parents of 2 year olds have an additional opportunity to meet with their child’s key carer to discuss the 2 year old progress check.
Information is available on the school website. Paper copies of policies and procedures are available to parents at any time.
Display board including information about the school as well as leaflets and information from outside agencies.
Regular two-way communication with families through face-to-face conversations during daily meet and greet at the door
Sharing “Wow” moments
Communication through reading diaries and where beneficial, through designated home-school diaries
Letters and newsletters. The vast majority of written communication is through email. Our monthly newsletter is issued by email (paper copies are available) and as well as celebrating the work of our pupils, it keeps everyone informed about Henley Montessori life, special events and forthcoming activities. Relevant news and dates are included.
Facebook and school website for information and regular updates about school life. Our Facebook page is for quick news and celebrating work the children have been doing, sharing news from Montessori bodies and Warwickshire County Council. Our website will also post photographs and news of what has been going on at nursery and school.
Café style chalkboard used to keep parents informed of daily/weekly plans and events
The proprietor is available 24/7 via email and school hours via phone.
Throughout the COVID pandemic we have worked hard to support each and every family through daily challenges, online support, phone calls, etc.
Photo display board in our entrance hallway so everyone can easily identify our staff team
We aim to find opportunities to welcome parents into school e.g. for performances and from time to time we offer evening events for parents
Occasionally we provide questionnaires to parents looking at specific areas that we feel may need improvement; the findings are then used to inform our changes and improvements.