At Rachel Madocks School we are committed to promoting positive mental health for all our pupils and to raising awareness for pupils, staff, parents and carers alike. We have instilled Wellbeing at the very heart of everything we do, raising awareness of mental health and Wellbeing across the school and wider community. Rachel Madocks recognises that all children and young people need the foundation of positive mental health to fully benefit from all the opportunities available to them.
- We work cohesively with our local community and are now part of a local Mental Health Support Team initiative
- We have implemented a bereavement policy along with resources accessible for all pupils including a bereavement PODD book
- We have introduced a termly Parent Wellbeing Week, facilitated by an Art/Stress Management Therapist
- We have put in place a clear referral system for all staff to refer students to the in-house Intervention Team, which consists of practitioners in Reiki, ELSA, Music Therapy & Cranial Osteopathy
- Students join us for placements throughout the year from Roehampton University studying Music Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy & Drama Therapy
Pastoral Care & Interventions
There is a very strong pastoral care system at Rachel Madocks. All pupils and students are supported by their class teachers and are given the opportunity to raise issues and voice choices through the School Council.
Parents, carers and staff have weekly individual communication through home/school books and half-termly newsletters provide more general diary dates, news items and a flavour of daily life at Rachel Madocks. If required, advice can be offered to families on giving the most appropriate support in the home and school environment to provide resources for emotional wellbeing and social development.
At Rachel Madocks, we are pleased to offer a range of interventions to suit the varying needs of our school community as well as additional support including:
- Behaviour support/management (including Individual Behaviour Support Plans)
- Emotional support (including counselling, music & talking sessions, ELSA)
- Referrals to external agencies (e.g. CAMHS)
We also have a team of visiting Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech & Language Therapists who come into school on a weekly basis to provide professional support with specific issues. Regular clinics are held on site with consultants, dentists, wheelchair and orthotics specialists.
This wide-ranging provision helps to alleviate stress and anxiety for pupils and parents/carers.