Wellbeing at Rillington
Children's, staff and parent's mental health and wellbeing is incredibly important to all at Rillington, it underpins all that we do throughout school and as a result we are currently working towards our Nurture accreditation.
We have a dedicate wellbeing spaced know as 'The Cabin', this is an area in school dedicated to nurture, the area was designed and created by both staff and children. Children can access this space as required, during which they are encourage to talk freely and share any worries or concerns they may have. The space is also open to parents and staff as required.
Our wellbeing lead:
The Cabin' is led by our wellbeing lead - Mrs Johnson. Mrs Johnson provides high-quality pastoral support to children, parents and staff. She has recently completed the Senior Mental Health Lead award; this has further strengthened our offer available at Rillington. Mrs Johnson is trained to support children with varying SEMH needs and does so effectively, ensuring that children are regulated and able to learn. Children are assessed using the Boxall profile as part of our nurture offer.
A little bit about Mrs Johnson....
I have worked in education for 27 years and can honestly say I have enjoyed every minute of it. At Rillington you can usually find me in the Nurture space, this is something that I am extremely proud of and love to see the children benefit from the calm, safe environment that this provides. I am very passionate about building trusting relationships with parents and supporting them to help their children feel happy and ready to learn.
When I’m not busy at school you will find me being a taxi for my three fabulous boys, who play a wide range of sports. When we do spend time as a family we love to be on the beach, playing football, collecting shells and body boarding.
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Support in class:
We offer support for wellbeing in each of our classrooms too, but uses the zones of regulation and check in areas. The zones of regulation are displayed and referenced by adults in classrooms, to support children with regulation for learning, this includes activity bags that children can access independently to support with their regulation. Furthermore, in each classroom we include a ‘check in’ area for both staff and children, it is used throughout the day, it enables staff to be aware of children’s SEMH needs and provide the pastoral support needed.
As a school focussed on wellbeing we also provide SEMH support for our children through our ongoing work with external partners such as child therapists, local police, and Local Authority SEMH specialists. Through timely interventions and specialist support we can meet the needs of our children.
Support and advice for parents: