Mental Health and Wellbeing

At Hope Academy, we aim to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing for our whole school community and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives. We acknowledge and understand that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall emotional wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement at school. Our personal mental health and emotional wellbeing is a universal, significant and powerful feature of who we are as human beings – it is an indicator of social, emotional and physical wellness. Young people’s happiness, life satisfaction and positive functioning are influenced by mental health and emotional wellbeing. Good mental health and emotional wellbeing allows individuals to learn, grow and develop as individuals – it is an integral and essential aspect of human life to ensure that young people can make the most of their unique potential, flourish and show resilience when they face any challenges in life.

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that, ‘in order to help their children to succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy.’ Schools can create a nurturing and supportive environment for young people to ensure that they reach their full potential; develop their self-esteem; overcome adversity and build their resilience.

Our role, in school, is to encourage positive mental health and emotional wellbeing and ensure that our children are equipped with the necessary skills to manage their feelings, emotions and any experiences that they may face in life. Furthermore, our aim is to help develop protective factors, and build resilience, in a school where:

  • All children are valued
  • All children have a sense of belonging and feel safe
  • All children feel able to talk openly, to a trusted adult, about their mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • All children feel that positive mental health and emotional wellbeing is promoted and valued

At Hope Academy, we are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people. We believe in working together, as a community, team and family. We act with determination. Whatever issues our students, their families, the school, our team or the community face, we always support each other, react compassionately and pull together. Finally, we are committed to actively making a real difference to young people’s lives. Our moral purpose is reflected in our school’s curriculum intent, mission statement and core values of Respect, Courage and Ambition.