Wellbeing at our School
Colmers Farm Primary School’s Vision
We acknowledge that, whilst we come at it from unique perspectives, good mental health and wellbeing is of central importance and essential to our lives. The challenges faced by our children, parents and staff are unique.
We believe having a mentally healthy community is not about being happy all the time, but about working together through the challenges and sharing the celebrations; feeling supported, heard, accepted, valued and empowered.
Supporting Wellbeing at Colmers Farm Primary School
At Colmers Farm, we take our responsibilities in supporting wellbeing and mental health seriously. Please see our school's wellbeing strategy/action plan below.
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as:
"Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."
“What is mental wellbeing?
Mental wellbeing doesn't have one set meaning. We might use it to talk about how we feel, how well we're coping with daily life or what feels possible at the moment.
Good mental wellbeing doesn't mean you're always happy or unaffected by your experiences. But poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life.”
For more information please visit:
Wellbeing self-help: The Waiting Room (TWR)
TWR is a health and wellbeing directory specifically dedicated for the people of Birmingham and Solihull.
It provides visitors with links to 100’s of Birmingham and Solihull based services that can help people take more control of their own health and wellbeing. It also provides links to key national organisations that can help people help themselves.
The Waiting Room works hard to highlight services that can best meet your needs, whatever your needs – If you need to find services that provide housing, or welfare benefit advice, or educational support, or employment support, safeguarding links or knowledge about faith organisations, The Waiting Room puts this information and much more at your fingertips. Supported by Birmingham Public Health and the NHS for Birmingham and Solihull, The Waiting Room is the health and wellbeing directory for our communities.
Please click here to be directed to their homepage.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
Colmers Farm Primary School very proudly achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools, through Optimus Education, in July 2022. Please use the following link to find additional information about this award: Wellbeing Award for Schools. Below is our statement of commitment for gaining this award.
Statement of Commitment for achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
At Colmers Farm Primary School, we care about the wellbeing of our pupils and staff, and we are always looking for ways that we can also support our wider school family. This year, we are working hard to achieve the Wellbeing Award for Schools through Optimus Education.
This whole-school award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place so that the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils is both supported and promoted.
The award has a focus on changing the long-term culture of a school and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all. This complements the Excelsior MAT's people strategy and ExcelWell platform that has recently been introduced to all staff.
With this award, Colmers Farm Primary School can:
- show their commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life and the curriculum;
- improve the emotional health and wellbeing of our staff and pupils;
- ensure mental health concerns are identified early and appropriate pro-active support provided;
- offer provision and interventions that match the needs of our pupils, staff wider school family;
- engage the whole-school community in the importance of mental health awareness;
- Capture the views of parents, pupils, staff, and governors on mental health provision.
Mrs H Wadley, Chair of Governors.
Mr D Williams, Head Teacher.
Miss E Kelly, Deputy Head Teacher and Wellbeing Lead.