Rushden Academy is committed to supporting student emotional health and well-being – this is at the centre of all that we do.
The government have set out in their green paper Transforming Young People’s Mental Health Provision (2017) that all schools and colleges should have a named designated lead for mental health by 2020. Our lead for mental health is Paula Smith, who is also our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).
At Rushden Academy, we take the well-being of our students seriously and acknowledge the important role we play by promoting and modelling good emotional well-being across the whole school.
We are keen to identify early signs of distress and offer appropriate support via our heads of years or well-being provision to meet the needs of our individual students to enable them to feel as settled as possible and to reach their potential through often difficult times. We also access counselling provision via Service Six, where appropriate.
Well-being across the School
We offer a number of bespoke services within school to help build resilience and provide coping strategies for those who do struggle with their mental health. We have an excellent reporting system and staff are vigilant when responding to concerns or worries raised by students, and sometimes parents about their children.
Links with other services
We have strong links with local services and liaise with parents, carers and students when we feel a referral to a specialist service is needed. We work closely with key agencies such as Service Six, who offer free counselling as well as targeted group work or youth support packages and liaise regularly with specialist NHS providers such as CAMHS (Community Adolescent Mental Health Service) and Child and Adolescent Bereavement Services.
CAMHS Helpline - Advice and Support - 01604 656060
Service Six - Counselling and youth support (including targeted projects covering issues such as self-harming or child sexual exploitation (including online))
Young Minds - 0808 802 5544
Mermaids UK - Support for transgenered young people