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The Norman

Mental Health and Wellbeing

In our fast and modern world, it is increasingly important to care for our Mental Health and Wellbeing. At Norman, underpinned by our Vision of "a cord of three strands cannot easily be broken", and our three values of ready, respectful and safe, we work together with pupils, families and staff to improve and provide support for mental health and wellbeing. 

The care of mental health and wellbeing at Norman CE Primary is part of an embedded approach across our school, linking in with other aspects of health education, spiritual development and the wider school curriculum. 

"I feel this school goes above and beyond to support my child's all round development and learning. Plus support us as a family." July 2022

Each of our classrooms have a reflection area where pupils are able to take time out, time to think, consider and reflect. If children or staff wish to take the opportunity to pray they are invited to do this.

We have a central reflection area in our library, we have been graced with great volunteers and donations from parents who have helped shape this area. It is a safe hideaway in the heart of the school. Children are able to use this area to pray or take time to reflect. This area is beautifully lighted and has a simple children's prayer book and a book explaining to children how to pray. We are very aware that children may want to but do not always know how when on their own. 

We support our pupils, so they can achieve good educational outcomes even if they are in the face of adversity.  Our aim is to understand the contexts of our children's lives and their families and to be aware when their basic needs are not being met, then support can be tailored appropriately. We work in close partnership with others including parents, health services and local authorities in order to fully appreciate all that is on offer and to be able to help families fully access the best support for their child. 

"Despite ongoing anxiety issues with one of my children he is made to feel very safe and cared for, and most importantly listened to. My other children have no issues and love every minute" July 2022

This runs alongside our robust Safeguarding policies and procedures that are in place, a high quality PSHE curriculum (Cambridge) that supports mental and physical wellbeing as well as personal development and Science lessons where children are able to explore the natural world around us and how to stay healthy amongst other topics. 

"My daughters transition into this school, mid term, was wonderful. The staff have been amazing and welcoming to us as a family and embraced our daughter into their small school. We are looking forward to the future with two of our children in the school. The use of Dojo makes communication with the staff very easy and they respond, usually, within a couple of hours... Lovely school and 100% happy that we transferred our daughter here" July 2022

"This year we have had uniform drives to provide families who need it with uniform packs, we join together for collective worship every morning, make welfare calls through the holidays, provide extra lessons and give family support around being online for our pupils, we have after school clubs to give pupils extra opportunities, we have a breakfast club open to all which is free for some of our children. 

Lunchtime in school is an important part of our school day when children are able to converse and join together to enjoy a meal, all children say grace before we eat and there is a real 'family' feel around our lunchtime. "

 "We have an open door with a cup of tea for any parent or family member that requires our support. "

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