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Pupil Well Being
At the start of this academic year Maricourt opened the doors of a new Well-being Centre designed to support our pupils' emotional and mental health. The centre offers individual and group support via our team of learning mentors, sessions on understanding and managing anxiety, as well as weekly, voluntary ‘drop in' sessions with the school nurse.

The Well-being Centre has a group of trained pupils who act as Emotional Health and Well-being champions. This group of pupils have learnt that mental health is something that we all have and that it is a continuum from a sense of well being to a diagnosable mental illness. Our Emotional Health and Well-being Champions have spent time looking at ways of challenging the stigma surrounding mental health; they have developed techniques for supporting their own wellbeing and that of their peers.

The Maricourt Well-being Centre plans to build on the work done so far, to ensure that every child, family or staff member has access to support and advice when they need it.

"Whole school approaches that create a mental health-promoting environment and secure the commitment of the entire school workforce have been found to promote the best outcomes, to improve coping skills and to reduce risk-taking." (www.centerformentalhealth.org.uk)


Cognitive Behavioural Therapist


Also based in our Well-being Centre is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) accredited through the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapists. Julie Rimmer from Well Young Minds runs CBT sessions in school with targeted pupils one day a week. This service provides support to our pupils beyond the expertise of school pastoral staff and learning mentors.

What is it and how does it work?


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps combat emotional and mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, OCD and phobias, by changing the way individuals think and behave.

CBT works on the theory that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all interlinked and, if they are negative or fuelled by anxiety or depression, can force us into a downward spiral. This can, in turn cause distress and get in the way of us spending time with friends and family, being able to concentrate on school work or just having fun. CBT teaches an individual to break this cycle and trains the mind to think differently. It does not get rid of anxiety and worry, but it does provide practical ways of managing and coping with it.

"Extensive studies conducted over the last 10 years have found that CBT is the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders." (www.anxietycentre.com).


Our learning mentors Mr Kirby and Mrs Turner, pictured here alongside Julie Rimmer from Well Young Minds have been the driving force behind the Maricourt Well-being Centre. Both are based in the Well-being Centre and are on hand throughout the day to support our pupils and to manage the centre.


Breakout rooms within the Well-being Centre provide an area for independent or group study. Here Mr Gavan teaches a Maths intervention session to a group of year 9 girls.


BBC's The Mind Set – Support with Exam Stress and Revision Techniques


BBC's The Mind Set is the UK's first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE students. Through a series of short films, a team of students, who have recently taken their exams, offer practical and well-being advice on topics from how to get started and how to revise, through to how to stay motivated and how to minimise stress.

The aim of the campaign is to help students reach their full potential and relieve the immense pressure many find themselves under. Use the following link to see how BBC's The Mind Set can help you or your child: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zsvcqhv

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