Supporting Your Child
Additional Support Available during the COVID-19 Lockdown Period
Here is a resource from The Children's Society to support young people and their families with emotional wellbeing at this time.
Please find below a list of places where you can find support for your son / daughter if you feel they need it. If you are concerned about your child please do keep in contact with us.
These are very different and challenging times. Wakefield Council have published the folllowing guide to support families whilst trying to balance family life with entertaining and educating children at home; this has lots of varied information and suggestions.
Wakefield has also published an ideas booklet to help families who are looking for fun activities to do at home. This is more for younger children but we wanted to share it all the same as you may find it useful. They have also shared with us a booklet to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people. The publications are below:
Please also look at our Careers page which has important information for our Year 11 students looking at going to college next academic year as well as our Remote Learning page which has links to lessons and ideas from your child's teachers.
Our office phones are available Monday to Friday from 8am until 2.30pm each day so please do call if you would like any support during this period of academy closure.
The Academy takes the wellbeing of all our students very seriously. In addition to their tutor, students have the support of progress leaders for their year group, mentors and the senior leadership team.
Students are encouraged to talk to an adult (their form tutor, mentor or progress leader) if they have any worries or concerns. Although we run specific parents evenings during the year to discuss your child's progress, please feel free to contact your child's form tutor or head of year via the main school number if you or your child have any particular concerns.
- Mr L Kilvington - Year 7
- Mrs B Jones - Year 8
- Miss K Eustace - Year 9
- Mrs C Parker - Year 10
- Mrs Heptinstall - Year 11
- Mrs Harrap - Sixth Form
Also, our Senior Leadership Team are:
- Miss Proctor - Principal
- Mrs Eastwood - Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Officer
- Mrs Chambers - Assistant Principal
- Mr Podlewski - Assistant Principal
- Mrs Causier - Assistant Principal
- Mrs Phelan - Assistant Principal
- Mrs Richmond - Assistant Principal
- Mrs Pitchfork - School Business Manager
Special Educational Needs
Our guiding principle is one of Inclusion. We want to identify and break down all possible barriers to learning so that all pupils whatever their physical or learning needs, can achieve their full potential.
For more detail about how we support students with SEND, please visit our SEND page here
At Airedale Academy we take bullying extremely seriously. All children have a right to attend school without fear of being bullied. Details of our approach can be found in our Anti-Bullying policy.
Mental Health Awareness
Here is an extract from mentally healthy schools
What's mental health?
The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.
Like physical health, mental health is something we all have. It can range across a spectrum from healthy to unwell; it can fluctuate on a daily basis and change over time.
Good mental health helps children:
- learn and explore the world
- feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
- form and maintain good relationships with others
- cope with, and manage change and uncertainty
- develop and thrive.
Building strong mental health early in life can help children build their self-esteem, learn to settle themselves and engage positively with their education. This, in turn, can lead to improved academic attainment, enhanced future employment opportunities and positive life choices.
There are a number of websites available to support parents, carers and young people in promoting and looking after their mental health and wellbeing. Here are some websites and resources you to look at:
Supporting children and young people with anxiety
Supporting children and young people with loneliness
Are you worried about someone?
Supporting someone who’s having suicidal thoughts is both physically and emotionally exhausting. You need to take care of yourself and know where to go for support and advice. Make sure you have someone you trust to talk to openly and honestly. It is important to take any suicidal thoughts or attempts seriously. We can all feel helpless sometimes in our lives and there may be many reasons for this.
Sometimes young people act on impulse ‘the final straw’ so spotting the signs early is important. Support can help them see things more clearly and realise there are other options out there.
You may find this leaflet helpful:
National Children's Bureau - The Wellbeing Award for Schools
As an academy we are committed to ensuring the best support in terms of wellbeing for our pupils, staff and parents. As such we have committed to working towards this award for schools. More information on the award can be found here.
More than one thousand schools have now enrolled for the award and the impact of this shows:
· 93% agreed the award had a large or medium impact on pupil wellbeing
· 93% agreed it had a large or medium impact on parent wellbeing
· 93% agreed it had a large or medium impact on staff wellbeing
In addition, other areas such as pupil behaviour and staff morale have also seen a beneficial effect:
· 95% agreed the award had improved pupils' behaviour
· 93% agreed it had improved staff wellbeing
To ensure that we gain the maximum benefit from completing this award we need your help! Please can we ask for your support in completing this short parent and student survey on your thoughts around wellbeing; the results of these surveys will form the basis for our action plan moving forward. The editable surveys can be found below and can be completed digitally and emailed back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a copy sending home for you to complete, please contact us.
Thank you in anticipation of your support.