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Pastoral Lead: Sarah Hillson

Senior Mental Health Lead: Sarah Butcher

Mental Health First Aiders (pupils): Sarah Hillson & Donna Davidson

Through our motto of ‘Towards a Better Life’ we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We have a supportive and caring ethos, and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.

At our school, we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

At Maulden Lower School we:

  • Help children to understand and cope with their emotions and feelings better
  • Help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • Promote self-esteem and ensure children and staff know they count
  • Encourage children to be confident and dare to be different
  • Help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage challenges and setbacks

We promote a healthy environment through:

  • Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
  • Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision making
  • Celebrate academic and non-academic achievements
  • Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • Providing opportunities to reflect
  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs

We pursue our aims through:

  • Universal, whole school approaches
  • Support for pupils going through recent difficulties including bereavement
  • Specialised, targeted approaches aimed at pupils with more complex and long-term difficulties


Additional Support & Guidance

CHUMs | Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Books Trust | Supporting a Healthy Mind

NHS | Looking after a child or young person’s mental health

Young Minds | Parent Resources

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families | Parent resources

Desty Island | Emotional Resilience Programme