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Wellbeing & Pastoral Care

At Thornhill Community Academy we consider the health, safety and wellbeing of students of the utmost importance.

Our Student Wellbeing Service Mission Statement:

“To break down barriers to learning by equipping our students with transferrable skills and strategies enabling every individual to learn, participate and achieve to their full potential.”

Our wellbeing service is a unique flagship service which is managed by a team of professionally trained staff who offer support to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the school community.

At Thornhill Community Academy, we recognise the importance of the emotional health and wellbeing of all members of the academy community and don’t just look after the academic progress and achievement of students. We have developed an outstanding network of support, advice and care that means that students don’t just thrive academically but also emotionally and socially.

The Student Wellbeing Service provides a range of support that can be readily accessed by all students including:

  • Small group intervention work on various emotional and social skills including: bullying, friendships, transition, feelings and emotions, behaviour, self-esteem, peer pressure, body image, making positive choices, revision techniques, personal hygiene, positive relationships and healthy living.

  • A Nurture Group for vulnerable students.

  • Specialised support programmes for students based around bereavement, self-harm and terminal illness.

  • One to one targeted support, advice and guidance sessions.

  • Half termly Health and Wellbeing Campaigns offering proactive support, advice and guidance on a range of health and wellbeing issues such as smoking, healthy living, mental health, diet and exercise, sleep and sexual health.

  • Support for the reintegration of students following absences, external placements or exclusion.

  • Lunch and break time provisions for students.

For any further information please contact our Student Wellbeing Service and LAC Officer Mary Kennedy on 01924 324890.

Health

The local school nursing team provide a text service for students and parents/carers for health queries. Students can text 07520 618866. For further information see www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk/chat-health/

For general medical or dental health advice ring the NHS on 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/

If you have Covid-19 symptoms and need advice call the NHS on 119. More information is available at www.nhs.uk

Free sanitary towels are available for students in school. They can obtain these from first aiders, pastoral staff and the PE department.

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

The Academy has four trained Mental Health First Aiders. These are Mary Kennedy, Julie Chadwick, Sarah Summersall-Frith and Nicola Holmes. For more information on Mental Health First Aid please see: https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/about/

The local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service is provided by Thriving Kirklees at Northorpe Hall in Mirfield. Parents/carers, GPs and other professionals can refer a child for emotional wellbeing support by filling in the form here: https://www.thrivingkirklees.org.uk/referral-form/  For urgent support and advice please call 0300 304 5555.  This number is available 24/7. 

The Academy is part of the Trailblazer project, which means we have close links with the Mental Health Support Team at Northorpe Hall. You can refer a child for support around low mood, low level anxiety and phobias by speaking to Nicola Holmes at school.

Northorpe Hall provide information sessions to students and to parents/carers on a number of wellbeing topics. These sessions can be found here: https://www.northorpehall.co.uk/

Kooth is an excellent online counselling service for children in Kirklees. See kooth.com for more information.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all children and young people. www.youngminds.org.uk

Other mental health and emotional wellbeing resources can be found here: annafreud.org and mind.org.uk

For information on Eating Disorders please see the Beat website https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ or call their helpline on 0808 801 0711.

Papyrus is the UK charity for the prevention of suicide in young people. Their website is https://www.papyrus-uk.org/ and their helpline is 0800 068 4141.

Bereavement

It’s really important that we are made aware if a child has suffered a close bereavement so we can fully support them in school. Please contact your child’s Head of Year or the safeguarding team. Our Student Wellbeing Service offers one-to-one and group bereavement support.

Cruse Bereavement Care promotes the wellbeing of bereaved people and enables anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides support and offers information, advice, education and training services. www.cruse.org.uk 

Winston’s Wish is the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK. They have lots of information and support available for children who are bereaved through suicide. www.winstonswish.org.uk 

Child Bereavement UK help children and families with grief and loss. Their website is https://www.childbereavementuk.org/ and their helpline is 0800 02 888 40.

LGBTQ+

The academy’s Student Wellbeing Service provides support to students around their sexuality and gender identity.
An excellent local resource which supports young LGBTQ+ people is The Brunswick Centre. More information can be found here: https://www.thebrunswickcentre.org.uk/services/youth-services

Young Carers

A Young Carer is a child that goes above and beyond what is expected of other children at their age in order to provide care or assistance to a relative. It may be a parent or sibling or someone else in the family home who has a long-term illness, disability or additional needs. The Young Carer may help with housework or personal care for the family member among other things.

Information on Young Carers can be found here: 
https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/information/young-people/young-carers 

The local Young Carers service is run by Barnardo’s and you can get support via their website: 
https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what-we-do/services/kirklees-young-carers