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Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing Therapist

We prioritise the wellbeing needs of our pupils, families and staff and have employed Amy Stirling, our Child Mental Health and Wellbeing therapist so that we can support the mental health needs of those in our school community. 

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school. With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress.

The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives. Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills (Youngminds.org.uk).

For more information on the wellbeing service, please contact Mrs Byrne, Assistant Head. 

School Nurse

School Nurses work with school-age children and young people to improve their health outcomes, support them with identified health needs and disability in school, and to ensure that they reach their full educational potential. School Nurses are based in community clinics and work in schools, health clinics and other community settings. They also carry out home visits where required.

The school nursing service offers specialist nursing input across education and health, providing a link between school, home and the community to improve the health and well-being of children and young people, working with GP’s, other health professionals, teachers, youth workers, social care and voluntary sector agencies.

The School Nursing Service promotes the health and wellbeing of families and communities including school communities through the provision of advice and/or intervention. School Nurses have advanced and specialist qualifications giving them the additional knowledge and skills to help support children and young people with identified health needs.

Our School Nurse is Jade Stewart. To access her services, please contact Mrs Byrne, rebeccabyrne@bishopgilpin.org.