Mental Health

Emotionally Friendly Schools

Emotionally Friendly Settings is a flexible whole-setting approach to improving children and young people’s emotional health and well-being.

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We are an Emotionally Friendly Setting (EFS) as recognised through Salford Educational Psychology EFS Programme. This is a robust programme which offers schools support to ensure mental health and emotional wellbeing are at the forefront of our every day practice.

After gathering the views of our staff and students, gathering evidence of how we support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all of our community and participating in staff training, in November last year we were awarded the Bronze Accreditation in recognition of our emotionally friendly approach to our school life.

Our Emotionally Friendly Action Group continue to meet termly to discuss ways in which we can support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of every members of our community, including students, staff, parents and our neighbours.

Along with our certificate of participation, we now have our Bronze Accreditation certificate up in our reception area.

If you would like to learn more about our approaches, please contact Lisa Kenny (Assistant Head and SENDCo).

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The Thrive Approach

At New Heights High School we use the Thrive Approach to develop healthy, happy, confident children who are ready and open to learning.

The Thrive Approach draws on insights from neuroscientific fields to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach equips you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.

This model gives us a framework for understanding what healthy child development looks like in terms of behaviour and learning and clarifies what the role of adults should be in facilitating a child’s development at each of the different stages. In addition, the model gives us a lens through which to look at and interpret children’s behaviour, enabling us to identify the particular developmental needs being signalled by their behaviour and to choose appropriate, targeted interventions designed to meet those needs.


Creating relationships based on mutual respect

Louise Lester, our Thrive Practitioner for NHS-KS3, wrote this article that is published on the Thrive website.

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Kind to your mind

Good mental wellbeing is essential to our day-to-day life. Difficult or negative experiences can impact our mood and the type of thoughts we experience.

Support and advice is offered here, for adults over 25.