Mental Health at Carlton Primary School

1.  Vision

At Carlton Primary School we value the mental health and wellbeing of all of our team, (students and staff) and are  committed to ensuring that  promoting mental health is at the heart of we do.

Our vision is to develop well rounded, confident and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. We do this by being a caring, passionate and positive school.  We want children to feel safe, happy and supported in an environment where everyone is valued, celebrated and respected.

2  Key Principles

In an ever-changing world, positive mental health is key to everyone’s wellbeing and quality of life.  It allows us to respond effectively to the challenges that daily life brings. 

At Carlton Primary School, we are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people and we actively promote the values of respect, resilience, reflection and growth mindset ( four of our Carlton skill set superheroes). Our school rules of ‘be kind’ and ‘be safe’ also support this ethos.

We foster a culture of teamwork: working with each other, with the wider school community and most importantly with the young people in our school.  We pride ourselves on the strength and warmth of our pastoral care and strong relationships between everyone who is part of our school: children; parents; governors; staff; SET ( our trust); community members. 

We are committed to reflecting, developing and learning – we aim to always be better!

 3.  Aims and Objectives

  • To have a whole school approach to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing within a culture of high expectations and support.
  • To ensure that, through the promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing, our children are helped to understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and emotional resilience and therefore their capacity to learn.
  • To increase the awareness and understanding  of mental health and wellbeing for all
  • To ensure that, embedded within our curriculum, we are enabling our children to become healthy, independent, responsible and confident members of society.  Children will understand how they are developing personally and socially and many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up will be tackled.  They will be provided with opportunities to learn about rights and responsibilities and to appreciate what it means to live and thrive as part of a diverse society.

Our school provision and approach

Mrs N Whitehead (GTA) is our Mental health lead, and she is supported in this role by Mr J Watson, Headteacher

Mrs Whitehead has dedicated time each week to directly support young people in our school. This is on a needs basis and can take a variety of forms,  such as regular short check ins, debriefs, planned series of sessions/intervention, small group work etc.

The wider staff team are all part of our pastoral care and approach. Our PSHE scheme (Jigsaw) taught weekly in year groups, assemblies, school values, ethos, skill set and  school rules all support this.

See our PSHE  section for more details

See out Carlton Skill Set  section for more details

Some useful links:

The Go-To – Emotional wellbeing and mental health (