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Mental Health & Wellbeing at Meadlands



Mental Health Senior Leaders: Mrs Sophie McGeoch (Headteacher) & Miss Jessica Bunker (SENDCo). Both have completed Mental Health First Aid training and lead on training for staff and support for children in the school.


Dedicated ELSA Teacher: Ms Celia Day link


Dedicated Governor Link: Mrs Chloe W


School Nurse: Mrs Maureen Brannagan- Freeman



Why do we care about mental health?


At Meadlands, we feel strongly that no stigma should be attached to the term 'mental health', and we recognise the importance of supporting and educating children to look after their mental health and well-being, just as we would their physical health. Although there is no single accepted definition, the following one proposed by the World Health Organisation is frequently used:


Mental Health is a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community.


We understand that a person’s mental health may encompass a range of strengths as well as difficulties, and these can range from mild to severe. The ONS (Office for National Statistics) suggests that in an average primary school of the same size as of Meadlands:  


  • 3 children will be seriously depressed
  • 11 children will be suffering from significant distress
  • 12 children will be affected by phobias
  • 15 children will have a conduct disorder

With this in mind, we take our responsibility to nurture and educate your children very seriously, and it is important to us that all children at Meadlands feel secure and happy, and that they have the ability to recognise, name and appropriately manage the many different emotions they will experience as they grow up. We are, after all, preparing future citizens of the world!


How do we support children to have a healthy mental wellbeing?


We invest heavily in pre-emptive work, which includes:

  • The PATHS PSHE curriculum, which is embedded in all of our classes (including the Early Years) This enables children to develop a better understanding of themselves personally and socially, including their own and others’ feelings, and a shared vocabulary for describing these in class, in the playground and in assemblies. Please read more about our PSHE curriculum on our dedicated PSHE page here
  • Full time ELSA Teacher link   


  • Worry boxes in each class
  • Peer massage lessons
  • Weekly dance and yoga sessions (in addition to PE) with external specialists, teaching children a wide range of strategies for regulating breathing, keeping calm or letting their energy loose!
  • Dedicated assemblies, with guest speakers from charities such as RUILS, Childline and Mind
  • Parent workshops, led by our SENDCo and School Nurse, on a range of health and wellbeing issues e.g. anxiety and heathy diets/eating disorders
  • In Safe Hands – an annual event for school families and the local community link 


We also prioritise interventions for groups or individuals who might need further support, such as:


  • 1:1 and group ELSA (Emotional Learning Support Assistant) sessions
  • Boy Talk, a group facilitated by Welcare and Meadlands, supporting boys in Key Stage 2 to manage anxiety
  • Zones of Regulation intervention for targeted individuals and groups
  • Our PAT (Pets As Therapy) Dog, Sika, and school dog, Chaplin, who visit us once a week link (About us – create a new tab at the bottom School Dog – I have asked Sarah to create a page for you as content)
  • Individually tailored approach to mentoring or support
  • An art therapy student, working with targeted individuals in EYs and KS1


At Meadlands if any child is worried, their teachers will help them with it and deal with the worry. The teacher’s don’t force you to do anything, they only encourage you and help you to face your fears. The children can talk to any of the teachers as they all care, the teachers will always let Mrs McGeoch (the Headteacher) know how you are feeling and sometimes she might get other adults to come in and work with you or your family. Meadlands is a very caring school.’ Pupil, Year 5


Meadlands makes us feel safe to talk about anything that worries us and here we can share our feelings with anyone we want to.’ Pupil Year 5


‘We are so very grateful for everything you did. It was just amazing, and really just like everything that the class talked about in their presentation - compassion, humanity, care for each and every one. Thanks for all your care. You could not do more.’ (parent at Meadlands)


What can you do if you have a concern?


If you are concerned about your child, we can both support them in school and support you in understanding which services are available, guiding you through the process of getting support. We work very closely with social care, the NHS, Educational Psychologists and CAMHs (Children Adolescent Mental Health Services), as well as local charities such as RUILS, Man & Boy and Welcare.

If you are worried about your child or about the impact a family member’s mental health may have on them, and you would like to speak to a member of staff about your concerns, please do make an appointment to see Mrs McGeoch or Miss Bunker. 

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