At St Barnabas, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.

At St Barnabas we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support

To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all. We refer to the 7Cs throughout school.

Additonal support

For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.

Targeted support

For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

Lead staff members

  • Tamzin Richards: Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Lead

Our Wellbeing Team

  • Mrs Sharon Harding
  • Mrs Lyndsey Beard
  • Mrs Claire Smeaton
  • Mr Neil Grimshaw


Children’s Mental Health Week 2018– Being Ourselves

At St Barnabas we are proud to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 (5-11 February) alongside the wellbeing support that we already offer in school. This Children’s Mental Health Week, we’re encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness. It’s all about #BeingOurselves!

When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing.

The week is hosted by Place2be, the children’s mental health charity. During the week we will be launching our whole school ‘Daring to be Different Challenge’. We will also be taking part in lots of fun classroom activities to work on understanding our emotions better and learning about our own unique qualities.

If you would like to get involved yourselves, Place2Be have created some helpful advice and resources for parents and carers which is available on their website: