At West Acton, the wellbeing of our pupils, staff and parents is very important to us. Here are some ways we are improving awareness and support for mental health in our school:
Pupil and Family Worker
Ruth Cullinan is our pupil and family worker.
She is available to talk to parents and children and runs workshops around issues such as emotional health and parenting.
Lia Younes is our school counsellor.
She is in school on Mondays
Lia works in partnership with the school to:
- Provide everyone with a confidential space where thoughts and feelings can be explored
- Raise children’s self-esteem to help them to feel more confident and build positive relationships at home and at school
- Offer practical and emotional support to families and carers helping them to better understand and communicate with their children
If you would like to talk to someone or find out more about the service, come to a parents drop in session at West Acton or contact:
Lia Younes - Counselling Services Manager
This year we celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week by learning new things and trying out new activities:
- Special Assemblies
- Introducing the daily mile
- All the pupils took part in a yoga session
- Staff took part in yoga and Zumba
- Parent workshops on mental health
- Introducing a calm box for each class which pupils can use if they feel stressed
Autism Awareness Week
West Acton prides itself on being an inclusive school. Every year we have an Autism Awareness Week where pupils learn to understand the things that people with autism are good at and what they find difficult such as social skills. This helps pupils to work with and support their friends, siblings and family members who have autism.
Each classroom has a calm box which contains a range of objects to help a child to calm themselves if they are anxious, angry, scared or just need a minute to think.
Pupils can ask to use the calm box when they feel the need.
There are some great websites for both parents and children. Click on the links below: