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Emotional Health and Wellbeing

We have achieved Gold Status School Mental Health Award from the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools in recognition of our support for staff and pupil wellbeing.

Mental health is a state of well-being 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) 

In our school our Christian vision shapes all we do “To give all the opportunity to be who God created them to be and have fullness of life.” 

  • This is theologically rooted in Genesis 1 verse 26 and John 10:10 and Psalm 139 

Our Mission

In a warm, caring, Christian environment, we will achieve our vision by providing everyone with:

  • A wide range of experiences, opportunities and knowledge which ignite inspiration and motivate all to succeed through a bespoke, aspirational broad curriculum. 
  • A place to be happy, confident and safe so that their uniqueness shines through. 
  • By developing the confidence to be courageous advocates who make informed decisions for the good of all in an ever changing modern, diverse society.

In addition, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupil body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. 

In addition to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, we aim to recognise and respond to need as it arises. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health and wellbeing policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental health and wellbeing issues.

Many people with good emotional and mental health are able to:

  • be confident in themselves
  • engage and interact with the world around them 
  • manage stress and change
  • express their emotions 
  • play a positive role in their home and school
  • We aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our staff and pupil body. We pursue this aim using both universal, whole school approaches and specialised, targeted approaches aimed at vulnerable pupils. 

Teaching about Mental Health and Wellbeing 

The skills, knowledge and understanding needed by our pupils to keep themselves and others physically and mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our developmental PSHE and RHE curriculum. 

The specific content of lessons will be determined by the specific needs of the cohort we’re teaching but there will always be an emphasis on enabling pupils to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding, language and confidence to seek help, as needed, for themselves or others. 


We provide a curriculum in which PSHE and citizenship are embedded. Our subject provision includes opportunities to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral and social cultural development, whilst strongly upholding and promoting our school vision and British Values. This in turn enables all children to develop an understanding of the ever changing world in which we live, develop the skills necessary to take an active role in their community and manage their lives safely and effectively. 


We aim to promote an ‘everybody active’ attitude amongst the children, where all pupils develop a keen interest in sport and are willing to partake in sporting activities. We aim to provide a variety of engaging lessons delivered by school staff and external bodies; deploy a wide range of teaching strategies and enter a good selection of competitions for the children across year groups. By doing this, the pupils further develop their confidence and self esteem when they are accessing P.E. lessons and when they are representing the school in sporting competitions. The pupils also continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of sports, equipping them with the skills they need to access sporting activities. 


Who can you talk to, and how do you go about this, if you have concerns about your own child or a friend of their child ? 

Lead members of staff can be contacted via the school office on 01429 274904 or via our school email account regarding any concerns or worries. 

Lead Members of Staff 

Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of pupils. Staff with a specific, relevant remit include: 

Vikki Wilson – Head of School, Designated Safeguarding Officer and Designated Teacher.

Sara McLaren – Assistant Headteacher – SENDCo and Wellbeing Lead.

Cheryl Kirton – Lead First Aider

Caroline Pickles – Head of Collective Worship, PSHE and RHE

Suggested Websites and Mindfulness Activities 

If you are a parent or carer, it’s important you know how to look after the mental health of those you care for during this time. Here are some suggested websites and mindfulness activities to help. 

Ten Keys to Happier Living

Useful links  

Young Minds

Mindful website

Mental Health Foundation

Re-think Mental Illness – Health Information for Young People

Time to Change – 1 in 10 Young People Experience Mental Health Problems  

If you are worried about your emotional wellbeing, contact your GP. There is no difference between seeing your GP for physical health or emotional health issues, and they will be able to help you. You can go to your GP for help at any age. Anything you talk about is confidential and will be kept between you and your doctor.

Hartlepool’s Offer

In Hartlepool we are committed to improving children and young people’s mental and emotional health and wellbeing. We know that issues such as anxiety, low mood, depression and family breakdown, separation and loss can impact significantly on your happiness and future life chances. 

With this in mind we are working with health, social care and education partners to implement and further develop the Local Transformation Plan (LTP) which is focussed on supporting all Hartlepool children and young people learn how to cope with the problems life throws at us from time to time, and where to gain additional help if you need it. To access the plan please click on the following link – Local Transformation Plan 

As part of the work we have undertaken we have discovered some helpful ways of supporting you to look after your own wellbeing. The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone’s path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people’s happiness and wellbeing.  

If you are a parent or carer, it’s important you know how to look after the mental health of those you care for during this time. Here are some suggested websites and mindfulness activities to help. 

Any clubs, websites, agencies and organisations listed on this webpage outside of St Peter’s Elwick CofE Primary School are independent of the school.

Our Values and Ethos

Christian teachings play a large part in the daily goings on at St Peter's

Friendship & Trust




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