Church Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 0NJ

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Health and Wellbeing  

As a school, our staff takes pride in ensuring our children are happy and healthy. In order for us to make sure your children receive the appropriate care when needed, please ensure that staff are informed of any medical conditions or well-being concerns your child may be experiencing or have suffered with in the past. For example - family divorce, bereavement, behavioural issues etc.

Family Support

Without an experience of happiness and a sense of wellbeing in our lives it is difficult to thrive or to become the best we can be. The role of our Family Support is to ensure the children are happy at school, sometimes at home, enabling them to achieve their full potential in all areas.  This is done by arranging Nurture Groups, giving individuals Time to Talk, helping with academic concerns 1:1, supporting parents/carers both practically and emotionally and generally ensuring the children are happy and comfortable in coming to and learning at school.

Play Therapy

Helping children who display emotional or behavioural difficulties and those who have experienced trauma. Spending quality one-to-one time with a Therapeutic Play Practitioner or Play Therapist allows the child to work through their challenges in a safe and confidential environment. The therapeutic tool-kit consists of Clay; Music, Dance and Movement; Drama, Role Play and Dressing Up; Puppets; Sand Tray and Small World Play; Arts and Crafts; Drawing and Painting; Creative Visualisation and Story Telling - helping each child to fulfil their true potential.

Our Trainee Practitioner is on the Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists, managed by PTUK and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority

  

Forest School

Children who participate in Forest Schools are encouraged and motivated to engage in the outdoors. Children experience woodland walks and group activities where they can grow their self-belief, confidence and emotional well-being, whilst learning to build on their independent skills, empathy for others and nature, and improve their mental health, through communication and problem solving skills.

Mindfulness Meditation

This is a wonderful technique that is proven to reduce anxiety and can even help boost creativity and productivity.  This child-friendly programme helps the children learn how to stay calm and focused, remain positive and improve decision making skills.  Some children have relaxed so much, they have nodded off!