Highnam Church Of England Primary Academy

Inspiring Everyone to Shine

Wetherleigh Drive, Highnam, Gloucester, GL2 8LW

01452 525872


Well-being and Mental Health

At Highnam C of E Primary Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, families 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 paramount and that we all have a role to play. 

We have an Inclusion Team consisting of Liz Coldrick (headteacher), Laura Hands (deputy headteacher), Rachel Evans (SENDCo), and Laura Gilchrist (ELSA lead). We meet regularly throughout the year and bring together a wealth of experience and specialism to support the needs of our children. Team members work together with the school community to overcome barriers to learning and secure opportunities for success.

Our children benefit from weekly PSHE sessions that incorporate mindfulness, learning about mental health and helping our children to become emotionally literate based on the My Happy Mind programme. Children are supported by a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). A Thera-build® Licensed Practitioner provides pastoral support to individual pupils and Mel Jones, a Play Therapist, works with children from our school.  

  Resources to support mental health and wellbeing