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Holgate Primary and Nursery

Holgate Primary and Nursery


Mental Health & Well- being is a high priority for pupils and staff at Holgate Primary School and the Senior Leadership Team leads this.

Responsibility Staff Members
Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Nicola Davies
  • Sam Arnold
  • Sally Harvey
  • Amy Woodhead
  • Emily Davies
  • Kerry Wilson
  • Rebecca Vowles   
Inclusion Team
  • Sally Harvey (Executive Inclusion Leader)
  • Kerry Wilson
PSHEe Coordinator
  • David Gleave
Mental Health First Aiders
  • Sarah Hicklin
  • Jon-Paul Collins

Meet our Mental Health First Aiders

We are Mr Collins and Mrs Hicklin. In school, we are TA’s in KS2 classes working with small groups of children. Over the years, we have attended many courses to help with children’s well-being and mental health. We have proudly achieved our Mental Health First Aider qualification (MHFA England).

In addition to this, Mrs Hicklin has also recently attended Coping with Anxiety and Feel Good Families courses and Mr Collins gained the Positive Play qualification and supports other members of staff to use this with other children.

We both believe that mental health and well-being are very important to our and your children and if they are having any difficulties with this, then it can have a huge impact on their ability to focus on anything else. Therefore, we are always available and approachable for you and your child to speak to or give advice on any issues/difficulties that you may have.

How do we promote positive mental health at Holgate? 

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

In addition to promoting positive mental health, we aim to recognise and respond to mental ill-health. In an average classroom, three children will be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health policies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils affected both directly, and indirectly by mental ill-health.

Staff are trained in delivering specific interventions with children. Teaching Assistants are trained in interventions including ELSA, Lego Therapy, Talk & Draw, Emotional toolkit, anger management resources including the Incredible 5 point scale and de-escalation strategies from Coping with Risky Behaviours (CRB) training, Queen Bees and Wannabees intervention and Positive Play. These are delivered with either individuals or groups of children.

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 curriculum. This also links to our whole school values and activities such as Talking Points. This approach helps to teach children about life skills including how to manage their own emotions so that they are skilled in articulating how they feel in situations.

All classes practise Take Five practices which focus on grounding and resilience.

Useful Weblinks, Apps and Publications

General Apps for Support

  • Dragon in the Attic
  • For Me - Created by Childline
  • Moodometer
  • SuperBetter

Depression Support 

Useful Publications

  • SAD by Michael Rosen - a picture book suitable for Age 7+
  • My Name is Zac - An e-book focusing on bereavement, suitable for Age 8+ 

Useful Apps

Anxiety Support

Useful Publications

  • Touch and Go Joe - short story about OCD suitable for Age 10+

Useful Apps

  • SAM