Trauma Informed Schools UK
St Mary's is a Trauma and Mental Health Informed School. This means that our approach to life and learning in school is mindful of the way that life's difficulties and traumas can be a barrier to children flourishing. We recognise that children need time and attention to work through things that are worrying them or impacting negatively on their well-being.
As a school we are all trained in the ways in which we can make children feel safe and secure, wanted and welcomed, liked and listened to. This might involve greeting the children warmly when they arrive at school, listening to them carefully when they express their worries and finding different ways to help them to work through their fears or worries.
At St Mary's, children who have experienced trauma such as family disruption or difficult changes in their life may benefit from time with our Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner. This is part of our wider pastoral provision which involves Thrive and Nurture, and all of our work ties in with our ethos and behaviour policies.
Please ask Miss Perrett (head teacher) or Miss Smith if you would like to find out more.