Seaton House Schools’ Wellbeing Vision

Our mission: To give every child, regardless of background, starting points or ability, the opportunity to live life to the full.

Our Wellbeing vision statement :
Our vision at Seaton House School is to provide a positive, nurturing environment, which supports the wellbeing of all pupils. We recognise that mental health and wellbeing are a continuum and supporting wellbeing is the responsibility of all staff.

At Seaton House School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement.

All children face challenges during their school career and some face significant life events. We have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, supporting the development of resilience, understand what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.

At Seaton House School we:
● Are committed to promoting positive wellbeing of all pupils, staff and parents.
● Provide an environment that supports and nurtures wellbeing and reduced the stigma surrounding mental health.
● Aim to ensure that all staff, pupils and parents are able to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.
● Offer a safe environment to work in where bullying, peer on peer abuse are not tolerated and instances are dealt with quickly and effectively and not allowed to spread.
● Listen, support and respond to feedback from our community and provide opportunities to equip all with the tools needed to maintain positive wellbeing.

Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS)

Mental Health and wellbeing requires a whole school approach and commitment. As part of our review and development of our provision we undertook and achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools.  The award took 15 months to complete and we have now embedded Wellbeing into day to day life at Seaton House.

Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS)
There are four key principles driving the ideas and recommendations behind the award:
1. Emotional wellbeing and mental health are a continuum. Related issues can range from positive attitudes and behaviour, through to experiences of emotional distress and mental disorder.
2. Schools already experience and manage emotional issues on a daily basis; the objective is to minimise the impact of such issues and maximise the effectiveness of any responses.
3. Emotional wellbeing covers a range of dimensions, such as resilience, character building, relationships and self-esteem etc. Understanding both developmental and mental health awareness is critical.
4. Creating a positive school culture requires a whole-school approach that is led from the top while involving all in the school community.

The Well-being Award for Schools (WAS) has eight objectives, which focus on areas of evaluation, development and celebration of the work of schools in promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health.

Objective 1: The school is committed to promoting and protecting positive emotional well-being and mental health by achieving the Well-being Award for Schools.
Objective 2: The school has a clear vision and strategy for promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health, which is communicated to all involved with the school.
Objective 3: The school has a positive culture which regards the emotional well-being and mental health as the responsibility of all.
Objective 4: The school actively promotes staff emotional well-being and mental health.
Objective 5: The school prioritises professional learning and staff development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Objective 6: The school understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the whole-school community and has systems in place to respond appropriately.
Objective 7: The school actively seeks the ongoing participation of the whole-school community in its approach to emotional well-being and mental health.
Objective 8: The school works in partnerships with other schools, agencies and available specialist services to support emotional well-being and mental health.

Weekly Wellbeing Corner