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Mentally healthy and Wellbeing

Mentally healthy - wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is of paramount importance.  We ensure our children are safe, secure and know who they can talk to at all times.  Our rich curriculum provides plentiful opportunities for children to discuss things that matter to them, current affairs and things that are happening in their local community.


In KS2, we have appointed Wellbeing Ambassadors whose job it is to work alongside their peers and promote caring, considerate attitudes and positive learning environments for all children to thrive.


Somerset Wellbeing Award

As part of our positive work toward children's mental health, the school received the pillar of 'belonging' as part of the Somerset Wellbeing Framework in July 2022.



Our school receiving the Somerset Pillar of Wellbeing, Summer 2022.


Currently, the school is working on the next pillar of 'Developing Positive Relationships'. as part of this, the school is making a quilt with individual squares completed by staff and children across the school; this quilt will be displayed for all of our community and visitors to see once completed.




Fabric squares for our school quilt.


Mindfulness in KS1 and EYFS

To promote positive mental health in EYFS and KS1, children receive 'mindfulness sessions' with qualified practitioner, Paula Hall.  As part of this, children are set a 'pose of the week' to develop their skills.



Sports Science

We believe that all children should benefit from healthy lifestyle education.  In KS2, our children receive sessions from a local qualified fitness instructor and nutritionist.  The sessions are based around the principles of sports science and look at how to promote wellbeing through exercise, nutrition and stretching.



ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

As a school, we are fortunate enough to have a licensed ELSA practitioner to support children's mental wellbeing and emotional needs. Sessions are 1:1 over a period of weeks and target the specific emotional needs of the child.



At Preston Primary, we have a dedicated PFSA, Katie Huggins, who supports the emotional needs of whole families.  Katie is also an accredited Mental Health First Aider and runs a series of parenting courses to support our families.