Wilmslow primary selected as flagship school for mental health provision

St Anne's Fulshaw CE Primary School is delighted to have been selected as a Flagship School for the Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People's Programme, as a key part of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Transformation Plan.

They will be working in partnership with CWP, Middlewich High School, Visyon, Just Drop In, CLASP and Kooth to deliver services to children and young people across the region.

Only three primary school across the whole of Cheshire East have been chosen, with the two others being in Crewe and Congleton.

The Flagship status recognises the school's whole organisation approach to mental health and wellbeing, particularly its good practice and dedication to supporting both pupil and staff wellbeing, and working with families to ensure the best outcomes for parents and children. The school has a Mental Health Lead, Mrs Davies who is also the Learning Mentor. Ms Clare Daniel, the Headteacher, is also a Mental Health First Aid certificate holder.

Ms Daniel said "We have always placed children's emotional health and wellbeing at the heart of our curriculum and provision. We know how important it is for children, families and staff to know that there are support systems in place to help them when things aren't going well, and also how great the impact of developing resilience can be on children's learning.

"For the last two years we have implemented a number of evidence-based programmes to build pupils' resilience across all age ranges. We have created a space called the Relaxation Station where children can enjoy mindful activities at lunchtime."

The school's Designated Mental Health Lead, Mrs Shareen Davies said "We are very honoured and delighted to have been chosen as a Flagship school, and are looking forward to working across the locality, in partnership with other schools and services to support all of our children in developing positive mental health. We are very excited to be hosting further training, supervision and reflection for our local schools. We are just introducing Cookie, our therapy dog to the school community, and she will be a permanent feature of our provision as soon as she has passed her accreditation.

"The children respond amazingly well to her and we can already see a huge impact from her visits to school."

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