“Mental health is a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realise their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community. It is an integral component of health and well-being that underpins our individual and collective abilities to make decisions, build relationships and shape the world we live in. Mental health is a basic human right. And it is crucial to personal, community and socio-economic development.” - World Health Organisation (WHO) 2014.

At St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play. We continue to develop our learning and support for all members of our community and strive to create a safe and positive environment where all can thrive and let their unique lights shine.

We aim to:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

Our Mental Health and Well-Being Team

Mrs H Tait - Headteacher & Well-Being Lead

Mrs A Hague - Senior Mental Health Lead & SENCO

Mrs C McNicholas - EYFS Lead & Thrive Practitioner

Mrs C Knox - Thrive Practitioner

Mrs R Horner - School Counsellor

Mrs H Tait

Mrs H Tait

Mrs A Hague

Mrs A Hague

Mrs C McNicholas

Mrs C McNicholas

Mrs C Knox

Mrs C Knox

Mrs R Horner

Mrs R Horner

Levels of Support

  • Universal Support– To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos, school values and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
  • Additional support– For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as separation or bereavement.
  • Targeted support– For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such referral to wider professionals.

If you are concerned about your child’s mental health please contact your Child’s class teacher to discuss levels of support available.

Useful websites for advice and support with mental health

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Alex Dewar (Ambassador from the British Inspiration Trust) came to talk to the whole school and provide some motivational workshops in the Juniors.



Children's Mental Health Week

When we feel empowered, there’s a positive impact on wellbeing. Children who feel that their voices are heard and can make a difference have a greater sense of community and self-esteem. 

My Voice Matters!


MARCH 2024

We are delighted to celebrate the end of training of our new Peer Mentors. They were commended on their kindness, intelligence and politeness, by the Investing In Children trainer, and that they will make 'brilliant mentors.' We are very proud of them!

A Peer Mentor is someone who supports the people around them, being a good influence, supporting friendships and acting as a listening ear. A peer Mentor does not try to solve problems but are trained to share conversations , which worry them, with trusted adults. They will be seen around the playgrounds, available to support their peers and adults, in the coming weeks.


June 2024

Dealing with Anxiety assembly