“Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organization)

At SHSB, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to all students, their families, and members of staff and Governors.  We pursue this aim using both whole-school approaches and specialised, targeted strategies to ensure a safe and supportive environment for all affected – both directly and indirectly – by mental health issues.  Details of the support available at SHSB can be found in our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy and Wellbeing Provision, both available as attachments on this page.

We are proud to have been awarded ‘Enhanced Healthy Schools Status: Emotional Health and Wellbeing’ – details can be found in the attached document ‘Enhanced Healthy School Stories’

As outlined in our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy, we aim, always, to:

  • Promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in all staff and students.
  • Increase understanding and awareness of common mental health issues.
  • Enable staff to identify and respond to early warning signs of mental ill health in students.
  • Enable staff to understand how and when to access support when working with young people with mental health issues.
  • Provide the right support to students with mental health issues and know where to signpost them and their parents/carers for specific support.
  • Develop resilience amongst students and raise awareness of resilience-building techniques.
  • Recognise that staff may have mental health issues, and to ensure that they are supported in relation to looking after their wellbeing, instilling a culture of staff and student welfare.