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:
Louise Alltimes is our school counsellor.
She is in school on Wednesdays
Louise 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:
Louise Alltimes - Counselling Services Manager
Emma Mitchell is our school therapist.
She is in school on Thursday and Friday
Emma works in partnership with the school to:
- Run a breakfast and lunch time club
- Run therapeutic groups and 1:1 sessions to support children's emotional development
- Offer practical support to families and children
If you would like Emma to contact you, please email the school office or Mrs Ives know.
Emma can be contacted via email on : Eahmed24.firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Mental Health Week
This year we celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week during the w/c 1st February. The theme was 'Express Yourself' and was all about feeling free to express yourself in any way you want to.
- Special Assemblies
- Looking at Zones of Regulation which gives us ideas about what to do when we feel different emotions
- Looking at our 'Calm boxes' which are in each class and have a variety of resources in which we can use to help us feel calm and ready to focus
- Louise Alltimes our school counselling manager worked with children to support them with their feelings
- Parent workshop on 'Keeping Safe online'
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.
Mental Health Support Organisations (click below image)
Reading Well Booklists