We are delighted to confirm that, in December 2019, Holbrook School for Autism was successful in achieving ‘The Wellbeing Award for Schools.’ This award recognises that we promote emotional wellbeing and support improving mental health provision across our school. A wellbeing team has been assigned and they will continue to embed strategies that support the wellbeing of all staff, students, parents and carers.
Promoting positive wellbeing across the staff team is essential for cultivating a mentally healthy school. Our goal is to create positive and sustainable lifestyles for all staff. Positive staff wellbeing can contribute to improving overall performance and job satisfaction, which in turn has positive effects on our students. Wellbeing champions have attended mental health training courses and are looking to engage in further development opportunities. Staff wellbeing supervisions are available as required. An open door approach applies throughout the senior leadership team and the rest of school.
We endeavour to provide a secure and positive environment in which our students can thrive and achieve their full potential. Our students have a wide range of communication, sensory and emotional needs. It is therefore imperative that all students are given the right tools to communicate, express their views and be given a wide range of learning opportunities. We work alongside external agencies and monitor engagement levels to support student wellbeing on a daily basis.
As a school we recognise that that our children come from a wide geographical area and this creates some difficulties for families to visit the school. We have appointed an Early Help worker who liases with parents and families needing additional support. We hold signposting events and support groups throughout the academic year. We have recently started using ‘Seesaw’ to improve home school communication.