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Chailey School

Mental Health and Resilience Strategy

The Role of the School

Chailey School has a statutory responsibility relating to social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing. Chailey School takes this statutory responsibility seriously and is mindful of it in all decision making.

We believe all young people have an entitlement to appropriate education – appropriate to their needs and which promotes high standards and fulfilment of potential.

We believe all young children should be able to:

  • Achieve their best

  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives

  • Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education

  • Ensure young people with SEN get the support they need and ensure they can engage in the activities of the school alongside young people with no SEN

Chailey School believes that resilience is not a personality trait. Inner characteristics play a part, but resilience is something that can be promoted and developed, through the provision of support and opportunities for growth.

Resilience can be defined as ‘positive development despite adversity’ (Luthar 2003) or ‘the ability to withstand and rebound from disruptive life challenges, strengthened and more resourceful’ (Walsh 2008).

A whole school approach to positive metal health is crucial and must involve all staff and the whole school and wider community.

Chailey School promotes resilience and good mental health in the following ways:

Whole School Resilience and Positive Mental Health Strategies

Whole School Approach to Promoting Positive Mental Health

  • ‘Live’ CPD ensures all staff have information on promoting good mental health with resource areas in shared drive

  • First Aid mental health training for staff

  • Whole school themes promoted e.g. kindness inassemblies

  • Genuine student voice, including GCSE pupil voice

  • The school uses all local resources available, including voluntary and community services e.g. listening service?

Positive School Climate that Enhances Belonging and Connectedness

  • Assembly programme

  • Vulnerable students have a ‘named’ staff member for support

  • Respectful school culture

  • Safe spaces at social times e.g. Library, LSU

  • Information about vulnerable learners is shared

  • Staff wellbeing e.g. working group

  • Curriculum planning, teaching and learning e.g. promotion of problem solving

  • Extra-curricular provision including physical and mental stimulation

  • Policies on opposing social division


Clear Policy on Behaviour and Bullying

  • Use of ‘The Study’ to provide workshops on common mental health issues e.g. anxiety nurture

  • Available staff to listen to student concerns; SSM and tutors with wellbeing sessions

  • New consistent rewards and sanctions policies – Sept 2018

  • ‘Open door’ policy for young people – promotion of ChildLine and ‘keepsafe’ email address at Chailey School, to raise concerns


We adopt an individual approach based on specific needs and support for individual students

  • Involves the student, e.g. time out cards

  • Uses a multi-agency approach as often as possible e.g. EWO

  • Thrive approach to individual students


Useful Websites:

https://www.themix.org.uk/ - specifically for under 25s.


E-motion is a new online counselling service available for young people aged between 12 and 18 in East Sussex.



All the counsellors at E-motion are trained and experienced young people's counsellors who have completed specialised online training and work under the guidelines and codes of ethics of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.

To browse the website for more information on the service click on the following link: www.e-motion.org.uk

For counselling services send an email to: hello@e-motion.org.uk

For enquiries and information email: enquiries@e-motion.org.uk

For more information about the service, please refer to the 'Frequently Asked Questions' document under the related files section of this page.


Self Harm - Helpful Links


Calm Harm-app

What is self-harm?     National Self-Harm Network-


Advice for young people




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