Wellbeing at Burnham Copse Primary School

At Burnham Copse Primary School we recognise that a person’s mental health and overall wellbeing can affect their learning and achievement and therefore are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of everyone in our school community. We pride ourselves on being a nurturing school where all children can feel safe, happy and have a strong sense of belonging.

We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. Therefore, a key aspect of our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what can affect their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.

Positive wellbeing is promoted through the curriculum in PSHE (Physical, Social, Health, and Economic Education) lessons, and through more targeted support provided by the Wellbeing team.

Who we are:

Mrs Vatcher – Head of Wellbeing, is a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant), EFA (Emotional First Aider) and THRIVE practitioner.

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What we provide:

  • 1:1 targeted work helping children
    • to understand their emotions and feelings better
    • to build trusted, nurturing relationships in order to
    • feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
    • to manage feelings in positive ways, including relaxation and mindfulness
    • socially to form and maintain relationships
    • improve self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
    • develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
  • Small group targeted support to children, including friendship and social skills groups, lunchtime “chat and chill” sessions, Early morning “Rise and Shine” groups Horticultural and Therapeutic Story Writing groups.
  • Drop in sessions for children who have any worries they’d like to talk about
  • Class wellbeing lessons, covering themes such as self-awareness, emotional awareness, connecting after lockdown, and building resilience.
  • School worry boxes for all children to use
  • Staff training and support on mental health and wellbeing

Links and resources:

Parent support leaflet 


A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others. 


Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools and parents understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. 


ATTACHMENT: Family links leaflet 

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