Mental Health and Wellbeing
Castle Hill is dedicated to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for our entire school community, including children, staff, parents, and carers. We understand that mental health is just as important as physical health, and we strive to support everyone who may need additional emotional assistance during challenging times.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support at Castle Hill
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, together with the Mental Health Support team from Achieving for Children (AfC), offers support to meet specific and wide-ranging emotional needs. We believe that all adults are wellbeing champions and pupils know that they can always speak to Miss McGrath or any member of staff to discuss any issues they may be experiencing. The team works in partnership with the children and their families to find the best possible support to address individual needs.
If you have any concerns about your child's mental health or wellbeing, please speak with their class teacher or contact Miss S McGrath, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead:
Telephone: 020 8397 2006 Email: email@example.com
Meet the Wellbeing Team
Wellbeing and Emotional Regulation Support at Castle Hill
WHOLE SCHOOL APPROACH
Ethos and Environment
- School Code of Conduct
- Mental Health Champions: All school staff provide a safe and supportive environment for children to speak with trusted adults at school.
- Pupil Voice:
- Year 6 Mental Health Ambassadors
- Student Council - Wellbeing Champions
- Zones of Regulation: The scheme is used across the school to support children with emotional self-regulation. (Please see below for further information about the Zones of Regulation.)
- Weekly assemblies where our school values and MAGIC habits are shared and rewarded.
- Regular assemblies led by the Mental Health Lead, Mental Health Ambassadors, and Wellbeing Champions to promote Mental Health and Wellbeing.
- Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL)
- A Place to Talk: A morning playtime drop-in session in the Sunshine Room with Miss McGrath.
- Sunshine Club: A quiet environment during lunchtime for those who need a calm space.
- Year 5/6 Playground leaders.
- Castle Kids: Breakfast and after-school wrap-around care.
- Attachment Aware Schools Award: Recognises our attachment-aware ethos and school community which provides a nurturing environment and positive relationships to promote secure attachments.
- Healthy Schools Silver Award: Recognises our achievements in supporting the health and well-being of pupils.
- Mental Health/Wellbeing Projects: NHS Cues wellbeing research project, Anna Freud CORC wellbeing survey, supporting resilience around transition for parents project led by the Mental Health Support Team and Chelsea Football Club PSHE lessons and mentoring.
- Staff Support:
- Regular mental health training is provided for all staff to support children and themselves.
- Staff Wellbeing Action Group
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
- Weekly PSHE lessons - please see the PSHE curriculum page for further information.
- Zones of Regulation check-ins: In all classrooms, children can check in with staff throughout the day using a designated display.
- Tailored support for specific needs: All teachers personalise student well-being support with tools such as calm corners, worry boxes, regulation tents, and access to regulation tools.
- Personalised individual support: In collaboration with the inclusion team, students can access personalised support, including daily worry time, personal worry boxes, positivity cards, and a "Can I talk to an adult?" card when needed.
Parents and Carers
- Workshops: Parents and carers are invited to workshops, throughout the year, led by Educational Psychologists and the school's Mental Health Support Team, as well as local services.
- Coffee Mornings: Throughout the year parents and carers are invited to coffee mornings to meet with class teachers, and the Inclusion and Wellbeing teams. This provides an opportunity to talk and share concerns, successes, and ideas.
- Mental Health Support Team: The Education Wellbeing Practitioner (EWP), the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) practitioner and the Mental Health Clinician work together with referred families to provide strategies, advice, and support. (Please see below for further information about the MHST)
The Zones of Regulation
Castle Hill uses the Zones of Regulation to teach and support pupils with social and emotional skills, emotional control, and gain skills in the area of self-regulation. Through the Zones of Regulation program, we aim to help children to learn to self-regulate, and understand their emotions and behaviours - and to understand the emotions and behaviours of other people.
The aim is for children to understand their emotions and learn how to regulate themselves in different zones.
Please find below information about the Zones of Regulation and some useful links and resources.
Useful Links and Resources
Identifying Needs and Targeted Support
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT INTERVENTIONS
Castle Hill provides a variety of interventions focused on social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) for pupils who are referred by their teachers through our early help process. The inclusion team determines which type of support would be most effective.
The interventions available include Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), one-on-one well-being sessions, Zones of Regulation groups, Lego therapy, and Drawing and Talking therapy. If issues are beyond the level of school expertise we support parents with referrals to our Mental Health Support Team (MHST), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) or our school Educational Psychologist.
Please find below information about our interventions and some useful resources.
Useful Links and Resources
The mental Health Support TEAM (MHST)
The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is an early intervention service. They work with children, young people, families/carers, and staff in school settings to support emotional health and overall well-being across Kingston and Richmond. The MHST is delivered by Achieving for Children as part of the Emotional Health Service.
Castle Hill receives weekly support from the Mental Health Support Team which provides early intervention and support 1:1, in groups or to whole classes. The team is made up of Education Wellbeing Practitioners and Creative Therapists. They are based in the school every Tuesday.
Please find below further information about the team and the referral process.
EMOTIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (KINGSTON)
Achieving for Children's Emotional Health Service (EHS) is a multi-disciplinary team of clinical specialists and mental health clinicians (clinical and counselling psychologists, systemic psychotherapists and art psychotherapists) who provide mental health support to children and young people in Kingston and Richmond.
Please find below information about the service and some useful resources.
Useful Links and Resources
Awareness Days and Weeks
We celebrate national and global mental health and wellbeing awareness days with school-wide projects, small group workshops, and fundraising events.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Where can I go for urgent mental health support?
steps to take in a mental health crisis
NHS Crisis Lines
Please contact the South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust 24-hour Mental Health Support Line. Anyone can use this out-of-hours line, even if you are not seen by CAMHS.
The 24/7 Crisis Line is supported by trained mental health advisors.
- 0800 028 8000
If you cannot keep yourself / your child immediately safe and have contacted the Crisis Line, you may be advised to attend A&E.
Contact your GP
If you or your child needs urgent mental health support, but you feel like you can keep yourself/your child safe for a little while, you should book an emergency GP appointment - contact your GP surgery directly to book.
Kingston and Richmond's Single Point of Access (Safeguarding)
In the first instance, contact Kingston and Richmond's Single Point of Access (SPA) if you are looking for support for a young person or have concerns. This service should also be contacted if there are any safeguarding issues or any other concerns about the wellbeing of a person.
- 020 8547 5008 (9am - 5pm)
- 020 8770 5000 (out of hours)
Contact Your CAMHS (9 am - 5 pm Monday - Friday)
If you are currently being seen by CAMHS, use this helpline in the first instance. The local teams' numbers are:
- Kingston Tier 3 (Woodroffe FACT) - 020 3513 5183
- Kingston Emotional Health Service (Tier 2 CAMHS) - 020 8547 6269
Kingston and Richmond's School Health Service
The School Health Service provides confidential advice and support to young people attending a school or being home-schooled in Kingston, to help promote physical and mental wellbeing.
- 0208 549 6323
Additional Links and Resources
Mental Health Support
Grief and Bereavement