Emotional well-being and mental health

School Information

Mental Health

Mental Health First Aider

Mrs Jo Knapp

Mental Health First Aider

Time to Talk

Emotional well-being and mental health

At the Sir Donald Bailey Academy we strongly believe that children need to be happy and emotionally secure in order for them to be able to learn. We have strategies in place to ensure that children in school have someone to talk to if they are feeling anxious or worried about anything. We are also able to access external support for children who are finding things difficult. In school we have ‘Time to talk’ which gives children the opportunity to have one to one support with a trained adult if they are feeling worried or just would like someone to talk to. These posters are displayed around school.


MIND Assembly

Emotional well-being and mental health

On 20th March we had a visit from a member of the Newark Mind team to talk to us about keeping our minds healthy.


Emotional well-being and mental health

Classes also all have systems to ensure that children can have time on their own with their teacher if something is worrying them or if they are feeling unhappy.


Emotional well-being and mental health

At the Forge Trust we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, their families, and our 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 The Sir Donald Bailey Academy we have a three tiered approach to supporting the mental health and well-being of our pupils: –


  • Universal Support– To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall values, ethos, Relationships Education, and our wider curriculum.


  • Additional support– For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as the recent Covid 19 pandemic.


  • Targeted support– For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups, learning mentor sessions or referral to wider professionals.
  • If children are still struggling to manage their feelings or emotions despite accessing support in school, we can refer to a range of support agencies. Some of these are listed below

    • CASY Counselling
    • CAMHS
    • MIND
    • Healthy Families Team

    We also give support to children in school such as managing emotions groups or anger management support.


Lead Staff Members:


Mrs Joanne Knapp – Principal

Mr Matt Sangha – Pastoral Lead

Mrs Deb Hawley – Safeguarding and Attendance officer


Should you need any help or advice regarding issues around mental health and well-being please do not hesitate to contact us at school.





We can access the children’s emotional well-being using an assessment system called PASS:

We can also assess their behaviour using an assessment called The Boxall Profile:

If you have any worries about your child’s emotional well-being and mental health, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff in school.