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Carpenters Primary School

Mental Health

At Carpenters, our commitment to keeping our children safe, and providing the best possible environment in which every child is cared for and able to learn and grow, underpins all our teaching and learning.

As a school we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously and we are leading the way in highlighting this area.

We are also working towards a Wellbeing award, which will demonstrate how wellbeing and mental health in our children, staff and parents/carers are at the forefront of our school's vision of leading a mentally healthy school.

Mental Health & Wellbeing at Carpenters is lead by the following staff:

Melissa Hobbs - Senior Leader for Mental Health & Wellbeing and Thrive Practitioner
Hillary Briffa - Mental Health & Wellbeing Link Governor
Bronwen Hook - Deputy Head & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Nick Sykes - Art Psychotherapist
Jordan Burgess - Trainee Counsellor

We are proud to announce that we now have seven members of staff who are now accredited in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Miss Hobbs, Miss Barrick, Miss Hook, Miss Neckles, Miss Chester, Mrs O’Neill & Mrs Wilson-Stroud.

If you would like to talk to one of our mental health first aiders, please call the school office to book a convenient time to talk.

On this page you will find a variety of services that offer support locally, nationally and online.Carpenters Mental Health PolicyWellbeing Award for Schools Criteria

It's taken a couple of years of hard work and determination. A clear focus from the pupils, parents/carers and staff involved but together we have made the changes needed to ensure that we prioritise support for our community's health and wellbeing.

The groups that have led this process involved children, staff, parents/carers and governors. They met with other children, parents/carers and staff - listening to their challenges around developing and maintaining positive mental health. Following these conversations, the team used this information to not only evaluate the work of the school but to enhance it further to make sure we are doing our utmost to care for our school community wellbeing.

How do we talk to children about Mental Health & Wellbeing?

Wellbeing & Thrive Assembly

Presentation to children

Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.

What are we doing as a school to support children with their mental health and emotional wellbeing?

Work with Newham's SEND 0-25 service, which provides a variety of programmes for children with more complex learning and health needs, including those with disabilities.

Work with our Gardener in Residence, Cassie Liversidge, whose work with the children in the school garden is structured to ensure that it is fully integrated with the classroom-based curriculum, giving the children real world experiences with gardening and plants.

Work with PE specialists to ensure that our games and activities curriculum is challenging and engaging for all children, encouraging children to use their bodies, and to experience the thrill of competing (more information is available on our Pupil and Sports Premium page). This work has been recognised through our achievement of a Silver School Games Award for 2018/19.

  • Thrive
    A whole-school approach, which draws on theories in attachment, neuroscience and child development, to support children in becoming happy, healthy and confident learners. It provides staff (and parents) with a powerful way of working with children to ensure optimal social and emotional development. Children participate in whole-class thrive sessions as part of the PSHCE curriculum and may also benefit from more personalised, targeted support in small group or 1:1 thrive sessions with a licensed practitioner.
    The school holds a half termly meeting with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) practitioner to discuss concerns raised by staff, children and/or their parents/carers. Discussions focus on how the school can best support the child. There is also an opportunity for parents to discuss strategies, where appropriate. To find out more, speak to a member of the Wellbeing team or your child’s phase leader.
  • Headstart
    HeadStart Newham is a mental health service working closely with schools and the community to transform how young people and their families are supported to stay emotionally healthy. They provide the school with two interventions to support children’s resilience.

Bounceback - where children create an action plan, setting their own targets to improve an area of their own emotional wellbeing.

Champions - where children undertake an audit of the schools wellbeing provision and work towards to project to bring about positive change in their community. This is an important part of children developing greater responsibility and independent, leading to higher resilience and more positive emotional wellbeing.

We recognise that children need to know that:

  • They matter;
  • They are valued;
  • They will be listened to;
  • There is help/support available from trusted adults.

We acknowledge them every day through greetings, a gesture, a nod, a smile and a conversation. The Soft Start approach in the mornings is an opportunity for our children to transition into the school day in a positive way.


We are a mental health charity founded in 1980, and since then have been developing and delivering high quality services with, and for, people with a mental health problem living in Thurrock.
We are affiliated to Mind and work in partnership with Thurrock Council, Thurrock Clinical

Commissioning Group, our NHS providers and other local voluntary, community and faith groups.
We want to make sure that everyone who experiences difficulties with their mental health gets the respect and support they need, at the time they need it and for people who are likely to develop mental health problems, to stay well.

We provide a range of services together with information and advice on mental health problems.

Young Minds

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Advice on depression, anxiety, ADHD & self-harm

YoungMinds Parents Helpline
Tel: 0808 802 5544 (9.30 to 4.00pm, Mon- Fri)

We offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.


A UK Charity for the prevention of young suicide.
Tel: 0800 068 41 41 Text: 0778 620 9697

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Weekends 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm Bank Holidays 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Eating disorder advice


Adults over 18 including parents, teachers or concerned adults
Tel: 345 634 1414 - . (Mon-Wed, 1pm-4pm)
Support forums (7 days a week) email:

Under 25s.
Tel: 0345 634 7650 - (Mon-Wed, 1pm-4pm)
Support forums (7 days a week) email:

Beat provides helplines for adults and young people offering support and information about eating disorders and difficulties with food, weight and shape. We also have an email service and an online one to one service.

Addiction advice


Tel: 0300 123 6600 (UK), 24 hours a day
live chat (UK), 2-6pm
SMS: 82111 - Need a quick answer? Text a question and FRANK will text you back.


Tel: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)

Provides confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Tel: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.


Tel: 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)

Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.


Tel: 0800 1111

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small.


Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind.
If you're a carer needing support you can contact all of the above as well as Carers Direct and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, both of whom are able to provide support and advice on any issues affecting you.



Live a happier, healthier life with just a few minutes of meditation a day on the Headspace app.


XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults.
Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
Please click on this link if you wish to be directed to Kooth.

Colorfy is a lovely colouring mindfulness app that first started off in print version. Based in science of creativity and how colouring can create a feeling of flow that is associated with a meditative state. It is beautiful, and just looking at the lovely colours made me feel happy. You can paint from pre-loaded templates or even create your own.

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.