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Children’s Mental Health Week

 

We are extremely proud of the support we provide for children’s mental health at Highgate Primary School; placing a strong focus on wellbeing, early intervention and holistic working with staff, parents and children.

We currently have 15 therapists who have sessions on-site with over 50 children weekly. This is further complimented by four, gorgeous, well-being dogs (including Horace – our full-time, canine, well-being monitor).

For Children’s Mental Health week, we have a number of events planned to celebrate our emotional health. We will be posting about these every day, starting with some exciting news from BBC Children in Need.

We are hugely fortunate to have been awarded a three year BBC Children in Need Grant to provide dramatherapy for children in both Highgate Primary and our partner school, Blanche Nevile School for Deaf Children. We have recruited three qualified Dramatherapists; Glen, Ruth and Barry and the project kicked off last term.  Now, 17 children are receiving weekly support across both schools and in the Summer Term this will include some really innovative and exciting partnership work.

Barry, Glen and Ruth above

​Ruth, our Drama Therapist (above right), explains:

“Dramatherapy uses drama, play and creativity to support clients to explore their feelings and through the therapeutic process, come to a place of healing.  The Grant has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing pupils 1:1 at both schools.  The grant also gives us the chance to host a trainee dramatherapist who will support me in running a group with a selection of female pupils to explore body image.  The therapeutic work the group do will be expanded to create a presentation to all pupils so that the girls from the group can be empowered to share their learnings with the rest of the school community. Katy Whitney, along with the support of Blanche Nevile and Highgate Primary School Senior Leadership Teams, has created a welcoming and inclusive therapy department, so that all pupils who attend both of the schools can have access to therapy when they need it.”

We look forward to sharing more about mental health at Highgate Primary this week and keeping you updated about our exciting Drama Therapy project thanks to the incredible support from Children in Need.

Katy Whitney

Therapeutic Services Co-ordinator & Placement Manager