Meadowfield

Wellbeing at Meadowfield School

At Meadowfield we are committed to nurturing and developing our pupils in all areas of their lives. In addition to a rich needs-led curriculum we acknowledge that pupil well-being is a priority area that we have a responsibility to nurture and develop too.

There has been a recognition at a national level that the mental health and well-being of young people is a priority for us all. Historically and culturally in the UK we have been inclined not to speak about mental health and well-being, yet mental health issues have been on the rise and this is as true for young and old alike and there is evidence that mental health issues and low well-being is a greater concern for people with additional needs.

In response to this we have set well-being and mental health as a top priority.

We recognise that behavioural difficulties and low well-being are directly related and having emotional difficulties and related behavioural difficulties are a barrier to learning, developing meaningful relationships and are a key indicator of low quality of life, and this can be in response to a range of factors. In acknowledging this we aim to address well-being not only through our child-centred approaches to learning and behaviour support but also through a range of well-being interventions.

At Meadowfield School we have access to a range of outdoor learning opportunities designed to nurture well-being, confidence and self-esteem. We access a forest school through Kent Wildlife Trust as well as Challenger Troop and also Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We also have Wildflowers class, a nurture group set up to support some of our pupils who find day to day life in a more conventional class setting challenging and need access to a provision with an even greater emphasis on meeting individual needs which includes access to forest school, regular farm visits as well as individualised 1:1 class based activities in a quiet environment created specifically to nurture well-being. We also have staff trained to deliver a range of well-being activities and interventions from Special Yoga, Gong Therapy and mindfulness. Students also have access to a trained counsellor as well short-slot drops-in referred to as ‘talk-time’.

We are constantly reviewing our well-being provision and will change and add to our offer as new initiatives become available. If you have any questions, queries or would like more information relating to well-being please contact the office and they will put you in touch with either your child’s respective Head of Department or Dan Zaccheo the Deputy Principal.

Please click here to read our Wellbeing Policy

Below are the contact details of a number of charities whose focus is supporting various needs in relation to wellbeing.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.

Website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk

CALM

CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

Website: www.thecalmzone.net

Mind

Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.

Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)

Website: www.nopanic.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk