In St. Mary’s, we regard the mental and emotional health and well-being of each pupil to be as important as their physical well-being.
We believe that mental and emotional health and well-being are necessary to enable pupils to be effective and successful learners. As a school, we recognise that pupils’ mental and emotional health and well-being can impact upon their:
- happiness, confidence and self-esteem;
- ability to build and sustain positive relationships with others, including peers and teachers;
- engagement in the learning and teaching process and their motivation to learn;
- level of achievement;
- behaviour and attendance; and
- level of resilience and their ability to cope with challenges and setbacks.
We seek to enable pupils to understand and manage their emotions successfully. We aim to provide an environment in which pupils can be happy, content and confident about expressing their feelings and asking for emotional support, if required.
The school’s Pastoral Care System and the Personal Development Programme contribute significantly to the promotion of pupils’ mental and emotional health and well-being.