Creswick Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S35 8NN

01142 468020

St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

Love one another as I have loved you

Health & Well-Being


At St Thomas More Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone can experience challenges that can make us vulnerable and sometimes, anyone may need emotional support. We work as a school community to achieve support positive mental health and we all have a role to play to achieve this.


As a school, we promote a mentally healthy environment through:

  • Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
  • Promoting pupil voice, school council and opportunities to participate in decision-making
  • Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements through a weekly ‘Celebration Assembly’
  • Providing our pupils with opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • Providing our pupils with opportunities to reflect
  • Weekly PSHE (personal, social, health, economic) lessons
  • Daily break times
  • A range of activities for pupils to participate in during lunch times
  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
  • Helping pupils to understand their emotions and feelings better and to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Helping pupils to develop emotional resilience


We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support - To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

Additional support - For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

Targeted support - For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups. 


What do we do in school to support our pupils’ wellbeing?


  • We have a designated pastoral support in school that is responsible for promoting wellbeing for our staff and pupils (Mrs Turner).
  • We have nominated school council members in each class to represent their peers and gain feedback in class assemblies.
  • We hold extra termly meetings for pupils who need more regular meetings to support their needs.
  • We have parents’ SENDCO coffee mornings for any parents to attend and share their concerns and worries.
  • We have email addresses/Dojo for all teaching staff so parents can email concerns or worries.
  • We have move up days, extra transition sessions and meet the teacher sessions for when a pupil is finding a class move difficult.
  • We have Key Stage 2 children as play-leaders/sports coaches to support younger children in positive play.
  • We have mental health and wellbeing trained staff in order to support pupils with their needs.
  • We have positive behaviour systems in place to promote positive social behaviour.
  • We have a PSHE curriculum that helps pupils to build important life skills, such as learning to learn, habits of mind and the growth mindset.
  • We have a Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy for our school which is regularly updated.
  • We include World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week in the school calendar and plan activities for the whole school.
  • We have a group of pupils who are known as ‘Healthy Mind Champions’ to support pupils who may be finding lunchtimes difficult. The Healthy Mind Champions also nominate two people each week to receive a reward for being a ‘kind friend’.


Celebrating Success

We like to celebrate our many successes together by:

  • Posting achievements on Class Dojo to celebrate what is taking place
  • Displaying pupil’s work
  • Celebration Award Assembly each week
  • Photos of achievements in the weekly newsletter
  • Mrs Faley’s ‘Hot Chocolate Treats’ for ‘Always Children’ (pupils who are consistently demonstrating the ethos and the values of the school
  • School newsletters

Useful links

Some useful resources that you could use at home to support your child’s mental health are below:

Advice for parents and carers: talking mental health with young people at primary school

This leaflet, which was created alongside the Talking Mental Health Animation & Toolkit, features an introduction from our Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge who supported the You're never too young to talk mental health campaign stating the campaign's resources "demonstrate how we can help children express their feelings, respond appropriately, and prevent small problems from snowballing into bigger ones."



 Dealing with anxiety -   The-Expert-Guide-To-Help-Your-Child-With-Anxiety

Young minds parents’ survival guide -  Parents-Survival-Guide

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families -

Useful Booklets/Publications:

 Public Health England How Healthy Behaviour Supports Children's Wellbeing
 Mental Health Parent Leaflet Anna Freud Centre
 Wellbeing Booklist
 The Anxious Child Booklet for Parents
 Worry Doll Instructions
 You need to know guide for parents
 10 key areas to happier living poster
 Relaxation tips for bedtime
 Sleep and Diet Parent Leaflet
 Bedtime routine for Parents
 Mindfulness Booklet A brief guide
 Bereavement Resources
 Schools Information Pack - Bereavement

Young Minds Publications offers information on a variety of mental health issues from school problems to mental illness in families.

Young Minds Parents Guide To Support A-Z gives you advice on how to help your child with specific mental health conditions, and life events which might be negatively affecting their wellbeing.They also show you where you can get help: Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Feelings tracker:  Tracking My Feelings

Anxiety thermometer:   Anxiety Thermometer

Mindfulness calendar:   Mindfulness Calendar Daily 5 Minute Activities

Parent’s Guide to Childhood Anxiety - Knowing the symptoms, how to talk to and support your child with anxiety:   The-expert-guide-to-help-your-child-with-anxiety  


Supporting pupils’ emotional wellbeing and mental health, so that they can be listened to, are happy together and ready to learn is vitally important to us. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.


CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CAMHS is the name for the NHS services that assess and treat young people with emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties.

For more information, visit the websites below:-

  Guide to CAMHS (Youngminds)

  Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

CAMHS also have some excellent resources for parents:

 CAMHS Resources (

Sheffield Mental Health Guide

Sheffield Mental Health Guide website has recently been launched – click on the link below to visit the
Visit the website
This website was initiated by the local charity, Sheffield Flourish who co-designed the Mental Health
guide to offer bespoke support for residents of our Steel City.
Initially, Flourish started with the remit of supporting and signposting adult services but the demand for
children, young people and families also grew.
As a result, the Sheffield Mental Health guide signposts children and families with activities and supportive networks. Flourish also offers a range of Drop-In Activities.