Mental Health and Wellbeing 

At St. Michael's CE Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

How we Promote a Mentally Healthy Environment 

  • Promoting our school values and encouraging a sense of belonging
  • Promoting pupil voice and opportunities to participate in decision-making
  • Celebrating academic and non-academic achievements in order to promote self-esteem
  • Providing opportunities to develop a sense of worth through taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • Providing opportunities to reflect
  • Access to appropriate support that meets their needs
  • Helping children to understand their emotions and feelings better and to feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • Helping children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 

Our Inclusion Team: Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Mrs K Devi - Learning Mentor 

Mrs H Jakhu - Mental Health First Aid Lead 

Miss H Rani - Student Social Worker 

Levels of Support 

Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils  through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.

Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

Targeted support-  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

Barnes Close 

The former home of the Cadbury Family, Barnes Close is a place of spiritual retreat and peace-making. Nestled in the Worcestershire countryside, Barnes Close provides our pupils, parents and staff with a welcoming space for  a much needed break, transformative personal retreat, and the ongoing exploration into expressions of peace. 

Our fortnightly visits are used to escape the  hustle and bustle of life in  inner-city Birmingham and connect with nature, faith and friends. While visiting Barnes Close, we explore the surrounding woodland, ramble across the Waseley Hills, engage in arts and crafts and spend time reconnecting with friends. Bliss!

Pupil Self-Referral 

Pupils can make a self referral for pastoral support using one of the two post boxes positioned around school.

There they will find a simple self-referral form that once completed and posted, will alert Mrs Devi (learning mentor) to their request for support. 

The post box is emptied daily and support provided within 24-hours. 

Alternatively, pupils can simply ask Mrs Devi for support should they feel confident enough to do so face-to-face.