At Heltwate School we aim to promote positive mental health for every pupil, parent/carer, and member of staff.

Our Vision is to provide a happy, stimulating, supportive, secure, and positive environment which is high in expectation and creates a strong feeling of community; one which supports the physical and emotional wellbeing of pupils, students and staff.

As a school we are fully committed to:

  •       providing a LEARNING environment founded on happiness, enjoyment, hard work, and making individual attainment the best it can be.
  •       SHARING and celebrating all pupil’s achievements no matter how small.
  •       GROWING the life skills of pupils and students so they develop emotionally, physically, and socially.
  •       Instilling a CARING, community ethos throughout the school.


Difference matters.  We aim to educate the whole person, seek feedback, and develop trust, empathy, respect, and acceptance.

We adopt a holistic approach to embed mental health and wellbeing across our school.

We all have mental health, and like physical health, there will be times in our lives when our mental health needs looking after.

The Children’s Society Good Childhood Report (2023) revealed that 1 in 6 children are likely to have a mental health problem.

At Heltwate School, the eight principles from DfE’s Guidance on Promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing  inform a strategic approach to mental health and wellbeing. This is framed using the Anna Freud 5 Steps Approach, covering leadership, working together, understanding need, promoting wellbeing, and supporting staff.


All staff have a responsibility to promote the good mental health and emotional wellbeing of pupils.

Staff with a specific, relevant responsibility include:

The School’s Safeguarding Team: Adam Brewster, Alison Ashworth, Debbie Shaw, Kim Phillips, Sam England, Kerry Cole

Mental Health Leads: Barry Leslie, Sam England

Mental Health First Aider: Barry Leslie

Look out for information and support signposted through School Dojo.

Talking and communication is vital for all of us. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel that you would benefit from support. One of the most important things for parents or young people is that they know they can talk to someone if they are worried about themselves or someone else.