Wellbeing at St John’s

What is wellbeing and why is it so important? 

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that “in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. Here at St. John’s Primary School we embrace a whole school approach where all staff value and recognise the need to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in every child and adult. We place great importance on developing the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. The skills needed throughout life can be taught and learnt at any age; all aspects of a child and young person’s experience in and out of school, contribute to their personal and social development and, as a school, we feel that it is essential that we share this role with parents, carers and families.


Who are the Wellbeing Team? 

  • Mrs Gemma Stone – Wellbeing, Thrive & PSHE Lead
  • Mr Mike Wiltshire - Wellbeing Mentor & Trainee Thrive Practitioner
  • Mrs Pughe – Theraplay Leader & Trainee ELSA
  • Thomas Yarlett - Wellbeing Mentor
  • Mrs Forse – Wellbeing Mentor

All of the staff at St. John’s Primary School play a fundamental role in the wellbeing of our pupils and their families.


How do we provide wellbeing support at St. John’s Primary School? 

  • Wellbeing Team help to co-ordinate wellbeing activities and resources accessible for both pupils and staff.
  • Family support is offered in school to parents/carers.
  • Our aim is to help in signposting pupils and families to appropriate support, agencies and professionals outside of school.
  • Wellbeing information is shared, where appropriate, to relevant members of staff weekly.
  • Individual work and group interventions for pupils around issues such as;
    • behaviour
    • self-esteem
    • anger management
    • bereavement
    • family breakdowns
    • anxiety
    • social communication
  • Designated spaces that act as a sanctuary for pupils and offers them a safe environment where they can talk about their worries or concerns.
  • All staff are kept up to date with training such as mental health, safeguarding and protecting vulnerable children.
  • Playground Pals are used to support their peers during the play and lunchtime breaks.
  • Thrive groups and 1:1 sessions to support children’s emotional development


St John’s has a multifaceted, proactive approach to supporting our children and their families, including:

  • A team of trained Safeguarding Leads ;
  • 3 specialist, well-being Rooms: Blossom Room, The Nest & Sunshine Room
  • Teaching assistants who support specific, emotionally vulnerable children;
  • Pupil Premium Advocates who enable teachers to meet with Pupil Premium children each week;
  • Trained wellbeing mentors, who run one-to-one sessions with specific children;
  • Trained Thrive practitioners;
  • PSHE Scheme that promotes a ‘mindfulness’ approach to lessons;
  • Forest School sessions for all children run by our specially trained teachers;
  • Whole school assembly themes to promote and support SEMH;
  • Personal and social education lessons and circle time sessions in all year groups with specific Thrive targets for all classres;
  • Annual workshops, events and assemblies run by NSPCC and other outside agencies;
  • A special, invitation-only Lunchtime Nurture Club;
  • A comprehensive range of health and sporting activities across the curriculum and in after-school clubs.