Shay Lane Primary School

Mental Health and WellbeingOne Minute Guide

Senior Mental Health Leader: Miss Butterfield

Mental Health First Aiders: Mrs Melgram and Mrs Kent


"Wellbeing - The state of being comfortable, healthy and happy."

At Shay Lane Primary School, we believe the wellbeing of staff, pupils and parents is fundamental to the health of the whole school. It encompasses our overall health including our cognitive, physical and emotional health. If our level of wellbeing is good, we are much more likely to be motivated, engaged and productive. Our aim is that we all become more resilient, more focused, less stressed, more open and able to cope with life's pressures, together. We have a supportive and caring ethos and our appraoch is to be respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.


At Shay Lane Primary School, we have been awarded the School Health and Wellbeing Wakefield Charter Mark for our steps taken to improve the health and wellbeing of our whole school community. The Charter has been developed to set out the vision of a healthy and productive eductaion sector throughout the Wakefield District. 


Pupil Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Schools have a critical role to play in the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils. At Shay Lane Primary School, the skills knowledge and understanding needed by our pupils to keep themselves mentally healthy and safe are included as part of our PSHE curriculum, which is taught using the Jigsaw scheme of work. Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsary Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A specific unit (Healthy ME) is also focussed on emotional and mental health of our pupils. We also heavily focus on problems solving and resilience within lessons and as part of the whole school culture. Staff have been trained to recognise children who may need additional support with their own and our Mental Health School Procedure allows us to act quickly and effectively.


Wellbeing Ambassadors

Our Pledge 

  • To listen to others and be approachable
  • To have a positive attitude 
  • To have somewhere that you can go when you need to relax
  • To work hard on attendance 
  • To make people feel happy