Mental Health and Well Being

At Whitby Heath, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

At Whitby Heath we aim to:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better

  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries

  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships

  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count

  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’

  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.

Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions or referrals to outside agencies. 


We have developed a team of staff to support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of children, families and staff at Whitby Heath:



Mrs Ellison (Currently on Mat Leave)

Senior Mental Health Lead


Mrs Altass

ELSA, Learning Mentor and MHFA

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Mrs Parker

Learning Mentor

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Ms Williams


Mrs Newton


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Mrs Edwards



Mrs Ablett



Miss Swindells





We also have strong links with the Mental Health Support Team within Cheshire West and Chester. Through our partnership work we have been able to support children and families by offering the following:

  • Anxiety Support

  • Friendship workshops

  • Worry Warrior Group Workshops for UKS2

  • Resilience Group Workshops for LKS2

  • Transition Workshops in Y6

  • 1:1 Referrals for Mental Health Support. 

  • Parenting Anxiety programme

If you feel that your child may need further support with their mental health, please speak to your child’s class teacher or one of our Mental Health Team will be able to offer additional advice and support. 

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We are pleased to be supporters of the Mental Health Charter. The Charter was put together with the help of the Samaritans, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and BEAT. By supporting the charter we are committing to providing opportunities to educate and to reduce stigma around mental illness.

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