Wellbeing at St Thomas' 

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.  With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.  Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.

Please click on the link to view our Emotional Health and Wellbeing Policy.

Well-Being Provision at St. Thomas’ Leesfield 





Adjustments, interventions and support accessible to all children.

Stage 1 – support and interventions delivered using the school’s resources and led by a staff member.

Stage 2 – as above but including the support of external professional through consultation.

Support and interventions for children who have more complex and enduring emotional or mental health needs.

  • Christian Values
  • Wednesday morning running club (before school)
  • First Reflection Area (outside Learning Mentor’s office)
  • Reflection Room (next to Y2)
  • Reflection Area in the Sparkle Room (annexe – Rec/Y1)
  • Wednesday Celebration assemblies (parents welcome)
  • Star/House Point charts and Certificates
  • School Council
  • Ethos Group
  • Eco Committee
  • X2 weekly PE sessions (see VB Co-ordinator file)
  • Lunchtime Clubs (see ES for provision/timetables)
  • Commando Joe sessions
  • Class Worry Wellies and Suggestion Socks
  • Visitor assemblies – Olympians/Childline&NSPCC
  • Always Badges
  • ‘You’ve Been Spotted’ prize draw
  • Always Always treats
  • Attendance and Punctuality prizes
  • End of year Awards/Book Tokens
  • End of Year trophies/plaques – Y6
  • Planners for clear communication between home & School
  • Class/lunchtime prayers
  • Services in church eg Eucharist
  • Whole school performances eg i-Sing Pop
  • Class assemblies
  • Daily Collective Worship
  • Topics relating to health & well-being (see class LTPs)
  • Open door policy for parents/children
  • Children’s questionnaires
  • Topic mind maps
  • Self-evaluation
  • Extra Pastoral support – Learning Mentor
  • Pupil Chat (with Heads)
  • Pay It Forward
  • Brain Gym
  • Using puppets
  • Paired reading buddies
  • 4Ps pupil progress meetings
  • Meet and Greet
  • Social Stories
  • Pastoral support – Learning Mentor formalised slots
  • Pastoral/family liaison – learning mentor
  • Health professionals
  • Outside agencies – MASH Team
  • Consultants – QEST, Education Psychologist
  • EHCP – SENco
  • Focused Behaviour Management Always rules – 3
  • Attendance Panel meetings
  • Home visits – Learning mentor
  • BB groups – Faster Graspers & Catch-up groups
  • Time for Me and You
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Lego Therapy


  • Counselling – ‘Off The Record’ (Thursdays all day)
  • Referrals to CAHMs/Healthy Young Minds
  • Emotional Literacy 1:1 support
  • Pastoral/Family Support
  • Referrals to Early Help Teams
  • Attendance at Core Group meetings/CIN/CP plus acting on objectives
  • Outside agencies - QEST, Education Psychologist, Social Workers/Family Liaison Officers


For our staff (adults) we:

  • Support eachother daily, informally
  • Share ideas, planning, resources in school and with other schools (DLP/Saddleworth & Lees Collaborative)
  • Have ‘coaching’ available from our own trained staff
  • Planned staff wellbeing activities
  • Meals together and also with the children
  • Social time together
  • Pay It Forward
  • Christmas Dinner celebrations & Secret Santa
  • Birthday celebrations – milestone years!
  • Through our payroll provider Supply Cover Scheme (SAS) access to a huge range of preventative therapies including counselling, physiotherapy etc
  • Through our LA Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) access to counsellors/support network and other professionals


Eight principles to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools

  1. Leadership and management - That supports and champions efforts to promote emotional health and wellbeing.
  2. Ethos and environment - that promotes respect and values diversity.
  3. Curriculum teaching and learning - to promote resilience and support social and emotional learning.
  4. Targeted support - and appropriate referral.
  5. Working with parents/ carers.
  6. Identifying need and monitoring impact of interventions.
  7. Staff development - to support their own wellbeing and that of students.
  8. Enabling student voice to influence decisions.

Click to Download Wellbeing Whole School Approach [pdf 753KB] Click to Download

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The last year has been extra stressful, especially if you’re a parent.  It's normal and entirely understandable if you're feeling overwhelmed frustrated, worried or exhausted about the situation.

You might be finding it harder than ever at the moment to know how to best look after your child’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as your own. If you’re struggling, you are not alone. Here are some resources that can really help.  Please click on the picture link.

Click to Download ST THOMAS LEESFIELD SEND and EHWB RECOMMENDED READING LIST [pdf 600KB] Click to Download

Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Oldham Council Resources and Support

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Click to Download Supporting Young Minds Through Tough Times [pdf 6MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Self Assessment Check List [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Graduated Response [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing - Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services [pdf 1MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Key Partners and Quality Assurance Booklet - January 2019 [pdf 892KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Ways to help children who are struggling during lockdown - February 2021 [pdf 1MB] Click to Download