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Well being

At Cliff Park Ormiston Academy we commit to making it our mission to promote resilience and positive wellbeing for all our students and staff. We understand wellbeing as a state of being resilient, healthy and happy, both emotionally and physically.

We will drive the message forward, to ensure that mental health is “everyone’s responsibility” across the whole school community. We will strive to create an environment that has a whole academy approach, in providing excellent mental health support, understanding and intervention. We will put Wellbeing at the heart of our academy and community to ensure successful learning and outcomes for our students.

Well being

Operational Mechanisms

  • Caring, well trained staff who look out for students in their care and the colleagues with whom they work
  • Dedicated Academy Mental Health Lead and Mental Health First Aid trained staff
  • Well-being Team, consisting of staff & student representatives who meet on a half-termly basis
  • Student Kindness Ambassadors and Student Leaders who advocate for the Student Body
  • Access to external support agencies such as School Nursing Team, Bereavement and other family support charities
  • Independent Counsellor
  • Principal’s open door policy for staff and students
  • Strong Pastoral Support Team within the CPOA Communities of Discover, Create, Thrive and Achieve
  • SENDCo
  • Form Tutors
  • Attendance Officer
  • Assistant Principals and Vice Principal for Student Development, Support, Welfare and Behaviour
  • Weekly Community and Safeguarding meetings
  • Learning Support Plans, FSPs and Pastoral Support Plans
  • Regular Well-Being events for staff e.g. CPD fun events once a half-term, Yoga and Meditation mornings, Academy Random Acts of Kindness Calendar, Well-being and Mental Health focus in Academy SEF (Self Evaluation Framework)
  • Free health checks and flu vaccinations for staff
  • Access to free independent counselling for staff either face to face or telephone consultations
  • Half-termly celebration and reward assemblies for students
  • Weekly recognition and celebration of staff contributions to Academy life and special occasion events eg. Shout-outs on Monday and Thursday with Gumball awards, Pedagogy Postcards, Random Acts of Kindness, Treasure Hunts at the end of each term, free tea and coffee machine, SLT treats on Friday, thank you cards
  • Student appreciation of staff programmes eg. Random Acts of Kindness calendar
  • Regular student leadership meetings attended by invited senior staff
  • Regular assemblies focussing on well-being and mental health and reducing the stigma around mental health issues including programmes delivered by Form Tutors focusing on Well Being Strategies
  • Trusted adult sticker in student planners
  • Alternative curriculum programme which includes gardening, fishing, Duke of Edinburgh, Girls Active
  • Programmes delivered in The Oasis including mindfulness.b programme and ’Changing behaviour’ using the Human Toolkit
  • Named Well-being Governor
  • Staff CPD from both internal and external providers on mental health and well-being
  • Role specific CPD and training for pastoral staff
  • Well-being articles for parents & community in Cliffhanger and focus on website
  • Enrolment in the Well-Being and Schools programme (WAS)
  • Well-being action plan monitored by SLT on termly basis
  • Clear and effective anti-bullying policies and procedures which include zero tolerance for racism and sex/gender identity based bullying
  • Robust, wide ranging PSHE/SRE programme (Personal, Social & Health Education/Sex & Relationships Education) delivered through formal SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural) lessons of one hour by the Form Tutor
  • Assemblies
  • Signposting of mental health support and advice on Academy website
  • Stakeholder (staff, student and parent/carer) well-being surveys Early Transition programme for year 6 students to reduce anxiety and aid familiarisation
  • Over-time claimed back in lieu Consultations with staff to facilitate work-life balance and reduce workload
  • Well Being Policy
  • Flexible working consultations with staff and time off for family events
  • Academy ethos of mutual respect, tolerance, kindness and celebration of diversity – emphasis on the teaching of emotional resilience

Click to view the Well Being Framework

Click to view the Well Being Action Plan

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