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Stanford in the vale CE Primary SchoolStanford in the vale CE Primary School
High Street Stanford In The Vale Faringdon Oxon. SN7 8LH
Tel: 01367 710474 Fax: 01367 718429
Headteacher: Mrs Amanda Willis
Siams Outstanding and Ofsted Good Provider
Siams Outstanding and Ofsted Good Provider
Page Updated 05.07.23

Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Stanford in the Vale CE Primary School, we recognise the importance of creating an emotionally safe and secure environment through promoting positive behaviours for learning and supporting the development of successful relationships.

We encourage openness and understanding to normalise mental health and its fluctuations throughout life.

We recognise how critical relationships between staff, children and parents are in promoting wellbeing and a sense of belonging within school.

We can identify and utilise tools, strategies and resources to help promote and support mental health and well being or signpost/make a referral to more specialist support.

If you are in need of support, please contact:

Senior Mental Health Lead: Mrs Amanda Willis -headteacher.3240@stanford.oxon.sch.uk

Adult Mental Health First Aider: Mrs Amanda Willis -headteacher.3240@stanford.oxon.sch.uk

Inclusion Manager: Miss Laura Jamison – sen.3240@stanford.oxon.sch.uk

Home School Community Link Worker: Mrs Suzanne Clarke – contact through school office

This page will provide some information and strategies to support your child/ren with their mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health and Well-Being Policy

What is wellbeing?

  • Wellbeing involves your body and mind
  • Wellbeing is about living in a healthy way that is positive for you and those around you

The NHS have relaunched the "5 ways to wellbeing to improve mental health". It has actually been around since 2008 and was researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation; providing evidence to suggest that these 5 approaches help to improve mental health and happiness.

Please have a look at the website below for more useful information:

NHS 5 Steps To Mental Wellbeing

Some useful posters: (click image to download full size)

What can we do to cope with feelings of anxiety?

Dealing with anxiety can be hard. But there are some things we can do to manage these tough feelings. Have a read through our suggestions and find out what might work for you.

Mental Health Foundation

Promoting mental health and wellbeing

Get information on how you can promote mental health and wellbeing in children and young people. Includes tips to share with parents and carers you work with.

NSPCC Learning

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event where there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.


Helping with big emotions:

Fact4Life: Helping people with BIG emotions

Turtle Technique

Useful Links

Resources for parents and carers | Oxford Health CAMHS

Video links:

MH Week Parent Videos (dragonflyimpact.com)

Mental health documents here...

We are taking part in...

Children's Mental Health Week 2023 from 6-12 February 2023. This year's theme is "Let's Connect".

Let's Connect is about making meaningful connections. People thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing.

For Children's Mental Health Week 2023, we're encouraging people to connect with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways.

Let's Connect | Children's Mental Health Week 2023 - YouTube

Sunflower Class:


Snowdrop Class:

We have been looking at a range of activities throughout the week.

On Monday, our theme was Let's Connect.

We played a few games where we worked together. We also connected with Year 5 for some reading.

On Tuesday, we looked at Giving... we gave each other hand and back massages.

Buttercup Class:

Our "Connect" posters and Gingerbread Men

As part of our Wellbeing week we have learnt something new: to make fortune tellers.