Wellbeing in our school community

At Delaware and Gunnislake Primary Academies, the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff is of great importance to us. We offer a wide range of opportunities for children to develop self-help skills so that they grow to be able to independently manage their wellbeing. By working together, we hope to encourage children, their families and our entire school community to be their own mental health and wellbeing engineers, building in opportunities to support one another.

We prioritise building a culture of trust where school staff and children feel valued, can be open about their health and wellbeing and know how to access support if they need it. Below, you will find a set of links offering a range of resources, strategies and suggestions of ways that could support your child and your families’ wellbeing outside of school, as well as a monthly blog containing in-school information.

If you ever have concerns about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please speak to their class teacher in the first instance. We want to work together and communication is the key. From here, we can discuss how best to support individual children as needed.

Look at what we've been up to this month

February Blog

Last half term we celebrated the children’s mental health week by completing lots of activities which involved the children thinking about their own wellbeing. They started the week by making a kindness pledge. Each child thought of something they could do that week that would make someone happy. These were recorded on leaf templates and then decorated ready to be put on a display to help remind children of some of the things they could do as an act of kindness towards someone else. Another activity involved the children learning about worry dolls and then making their own. This was a very popular activity that the children were keen to take home and try out.
For two afternoons this week we ran mood booster lunchtimes which saw a large group of children follow along to the BBC Teach mood booster videos. This was a great way to get different year groups together, having fun whilst looking after their wellbeing. Another of the activities involved the children sketching self-portraits and then their class took in turns commenting on some of the things that they liked about the child. This allowed each child to hear/see what their class thought about them and was a clear confidence boost to all.
Over the course of the week the children completed a wellbeing questionnaire which we will use to inform us of future wellbeing plans for the children at the schools. Details to follow about these plans. At the end of the week all the children were invited into school in non-school uniform. The theme was express yourself and we had a fantastic collection of outfits that all represented the children brilliantly.

November Blog

This month we have been lucky enough to introduce our new EMHP to the school who will be working with whole classes, groups and individuals. She will provide valuable support to staff, children and parents/carers whilst teaching the children things such as sleep awareness, resilience and all about their emotional well being. A little while ago we were made aware of a fantastic opportunity for the local community, the Devon and Cornwall Food Action. These are £20 food parcels that contain over £80 worth of food. To qualify you simply have to be in the local parish community. To find out more information including an order form please click the following link. https://www.calstockparishcouncil.gov.uk/devon-and-cornwall-food-action-20-parcels-of-produce/

September Blog

Welcome to the Delaware and Gunnislake monthly wellbeing blog post, here you will find information on what we have been up to in terms of helping to promote a positive wellbeing for all, as well as any useful links or upcoming events. Those of you who use the Delaware base may have noticed that over the summer holidays we refreshed the markings on the playground. This was to not only brighten up the playground but to also encourage more positive play. This seems to have had a great impact on the children and we have seen much happier playtimes as a whole. At Delaware we have also moved our kids club location to a bigger room. The previous room was quite a bit smaller which saw some children feeling uncomfortable in the environment. This move has seen an improvement in the wellbeing of the children who attend our wrap around care services. At Delaware we have Year 4 playground buddies who help look out for the younger children at breaktimes. This group of children organise games for the younger children and help them resolve friendship situations. At both bases we have introduced an ‘Emotions Library’ these are full of really useful books, both fiction and non-fiction, on a range of different emotions. These have already proven to be really useful for staff to read to children who have recently experienced family loss and anxiety. This month we have also offered out Sleep training to our parents/carers with the aim to raise awareness on the importance of a healthy sleep routine and give helpful tips and tricks to help families. We have lots of things coming up at both bases to help support our school communities wellbeing so make sure to keep checking back on this page.

Useful external links

Click on the links below to access a range of external support from national organisations as recommended by the Department for Education.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize offers support, advice and tips to children and young people on a host of areas including mental health, wellbeing, resilience, identity and healthy relationships.

Click here 

Every Mind Matters

Every Mind Matters have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing, including sleep, self-care, and dealing with change.

Click here 


Kooth offer a range of free, safe and anonymous online mental wellbeing community, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Click here 

Anna Freud

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing.

Click here 

Hub of Hope

A really useful website to help find the best support in our local area. Simply enter in your postcode and select the area of concern(s).

Click here 

Calstock Food Action Parcels

Many people are finding it hard at the moment with the cost of living crisis, the local parish council are offering £20 food parcels to the local community which contains over £80 worth of food.

Click here 

Rise Above

This website explores a range of things and allows people to share their own experiences. It is filled with inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice.

Click here 

Useful school contacts

Michaela Wright: Senior Mental Health Lead


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We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We are passionate about learning.



We are the best we can be.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.

Welcome back to all of our pupils. Nursery, Reception, Y1, Y2 , Y3 and Y4 will be taught at the Delaware base. Y5 and Y6 will be taught at the Gunnislake base.

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