Ensuring our students are at their peak mental fitness now and in the future is central to our drive to enable them to be Successful (by providing foundations for lifelong success) Creative (able to explore “real – life” and respond by being imaginative risk takers prepared to lead the future) Happy (develop understanding that allows their confidence to come from within).

As part of our approach at CHS we use the SEL Essentials (Social and Emotional Learning) which pervades all that we do and has a common language and ethos at its core.


Mental Fitness Framework for Learning



All students access our Mental Fitness Curriculum. This is explicitly embedded in their Respect Lessons and through the Pastoral Curriculum incorporating Well Being Wednesday form tutor sessions which reflect and deepen what is taught in Respect, further supplemented by Assemblies and specific focus weeks.

There are also implicit references to mental fitness in other curriuculum areas too; PE, Dance, Drama, Art and Music use creative approaches to instill in students the need for a healthy emotional balance in our lives. All subject teachers are fully aware of the pressures that learning can place on young people and thus ensure that issues such as exam stress, resilience and the importance of growth mindset form an integral part of the learning and assessment processes so that our young people can be the best that they can be. (link to MF Framework for learning)

We know that there are times when young people need a little bit of extra help to navigate the challenges of adolescence. We have a range of staged interventions that can be accessed in and out of school.


Wave 1

The first level of support incorporates a variety of small mechanisms. These include

· Online services such as Kooth and Health for Teens

· Direction to support websites

· Time out

· Access to a ‘quiet space’

· One to one time with Head of Year or mentor


Wave 2

Access to specific small group programmes such as Boost, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness Sessions


Wave 3

Referral to more bespoke in-school therapies on a one to one or small group basis which could include

· Thinc Room

· 42nd Street Counselling

· Music Therapy

· Drama Therapy


Wave 4

In some cases we may decide to make a referral to outside services such as


· Speech AND Language

· Educational Psychology

· School Nurse Service

Referral to Wave 2 and 3 in school interventions are made by your child’s Head of Year. Following referral they will be placed on the waiting list for the intervention that it is felt would best suit their need.

If at any time you feel your child’s mental health is putting them at risk of significant harm we advise that you contact your GP or take them to your nearest A&E


Please see the links below for further sources of help and advice.


Kooth (Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people aged 10-25)

Samaritans, Manchester (24/7 116 123)

BEAT (Youthline 3pm-10pm 0808 801 0711)

Papyrus (Prevention of young suicide) (HOPEline 0800 068 41 41)

Childline (0800 1111)

The Mix (information & support for under 25’s)

Young Minds (Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544)

Youth Access (Advice and counselling network)

Health for Teens


Manchester Support

Buzz Manchester Health and Wellbeing Service

Mental Health in Manchester

42nd street

Manchester Mind

Start2 (creative activities for wellbeing/self help)

LGBT Foundation




Young Minds

Head Meds (Powered by Young Minds giving information about medication and conditions)

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Mind Ed


Bi-Polar UK

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

(Information, resources and a sample Mental Health and Wellbeing policy for schools.



‘Stay Alive’ App

Calm Harm App (Self-harm support/distraction app)

Headspace (mindfulness/relaxation app)

Self Help Resources/Worksheets

Anna Freud Schools in Mind


Parent/Carer Resources

Healthy School’s Parent Padlet


Useful Apps

Blue Ice

Calm Harm

Catch it

Chill Panda



Think Ninja


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