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Mental Health and Wellbeing (MHWB)

At Central Foundation Girls School we take mental health seriously.  We encourage students to discuss issues surrounding mental health and what we can do to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.  

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. 

There are 5 strands we look at to ensure our mental health and wellbeing is in a good place 

  1. Connect 
  2. Be active 
  3. Be curious 
  4. Keep learning  
  5. Give  


We have a range of in-house and external support in place for students.  

  • Mental health and wellbeing pages in student planner 
  • Form time and extra Pastoral Support sessions during the pandemic. 
  • PSHE 
  • Cross-curricular – approaching MHWB in curriculum subjects 
  • Weekly messages for students on SMHW - often including competitions and extra activities.
  • Assemblies addressing different aspects of mental health and well-being 
    • Safe Space –   A comfortable and inviting space tucked away so students do not feel anxious being seen by others.  The space has displays, resources & handouts, colouring and other activities.  Student Self-refer via box at student reception and are given an appointment slip.  The Safe Space is also open for drop-ins during lunchtimes. 
    • Some students just drop in for a quiet place to sit, some students come to offload everything and then feel better.  Students come for tips/advice or specific incidents.   
  • Sharp – self referral online 
  • School counsellor 
  • Online resources shared with students: Kooth 
  • Central+ - trips/clubs - Developing: 
    • The ability to form relationships  
    • Trying new things 
    • Creativity 
    • Conflict resolution 

Resources for coping with exam stress