We are beginning to offer a wide range of additional supports for our pupils and families as part of a nurture package. We have a fully functioning Nurture Suite in the centre of the school with access to our outdoor classroom; both being rennovated over this year to provide a welcoming space. We offer Nurture Lunches; a special time for pupils who may have emotional needs, friendship difficulties or just need a little more encouragement to come out of their shells. We also offer a range of intervention groups across the school as well as more bespoke help for individuals within class.
In addition to the support we offer our pupils, we now use the space to deliver our Knitter Natter groups (the last Monday of the month) where we can have a cuppa and a cake and chat about a range of things we can do to help the children. We often have speakers who come along to the meetings or activities that you can share with your children.
Stay and Play
Our Baby and Toddler group has been relaunched this Autumn and runs twice monthly on a Monday morning. Please take a look at our leaflet or ask Mrs Wood for more information.
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Mental Health & Wellbeing
Highgate School is committed to supporting and developing the positive mental health and well-being of our school community (including pupils, staff and parents).
Mental health requires the development of emotional and social skills for which and may be defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Highgate is committed to promoting positive physical and mental health in our school, to reinforce children’s academic achievements and physical development, through improving well-being and enabling children to thrive and reach their full potential.
- are confident about their learning and who have a ‘growth mindset’ (they believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work)
- are resilient and persist when faced with challenges
- can set goals, manage stress and organise their school work
- can use problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles
Highgate has a culture, ethos and environment where the mental and physical health, resilience and wellbeing of pupils and staff is promoted through:
- An ethos of setting high expectations of attainment for all pupils with consistently applied support.
- Deliver curriculum based programmes which educate and promote the skills, mindsets and characteristics vital to positive mental health and well-being
- Providing opportunities for regular, daily physical activity to support the development of healthy bodies and minds.
- Deliver targeted programmes to support the prevention or reduction of problems such as emotional difficulties and aggressive behaviour.
- Promote emotional and mental health broadly within the school environment, curriculum and through enrichment and extended opportunities.
- Strong leadership and strategic oversight which actively promotes and seeks opportunities to support positive mental health and well-being.
- Social and physical environments support the development of positive mental health and well-being of pupils and staff.
- Working with parents, families and the local community to promote the benefits of positive mental health, well-being and resilience and provide opportunities.
- Working with external agencies such as CAMHS, Educational Psychologists, Early Help etc, to ensure pupils and families access the personalised support they need.
Our Resilience and Well-Being Champion
Mrs Wood is our Champion for Resilience and Well-being. She supports the school, as Lead of the Nurture Team, to ensure we are providing a wide range of opportunities to promote mental health and well-being.