St. Michael's CE School

Working Together For The Good Of All

“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”


“Mental health is 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.” 

(World Health Organisation, 2014)

At St. Michael's we work to create a culture of care….

At St. Michael’s we are all committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff and our wider community to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive as individuals, knowing that there is always someone there to listen and support. Positive mental wellbeing is essential if children and young people are to flourish and lead fulfilling lives.


We acknowledge as a school, that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times anyone may be in 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 and in so doing, fulfil our school motto of ‘Working together for the good of all’.

Two key elements to support good mental health are:

Our role St. Michael's CE School is to ensure:

By working together as a school community, our vision is to create a safe and nurturing Christian environment where every child can flourish and reach their full, God-given potential is fulfilled.  In this context, we place a high value on promoting positive physical, emotional and mental health across the school.  We do this in a variety of ways, for example through our innovative PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum, and including World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week in the school calendar and planning themed weeks such as our annual Well-being Week in February for the whole school.

School Mental Health Lead 

A recommendation from the Government’s 2018 green paper 'Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper was that every school and college would have a non-statutory designated lead for mental health by 2025. This role is now named Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) and it’s recommended a person holding this role is on the school’s senior leadership team.

The Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) for St. Michael's is Angela Harris (Headteacher) supported by Adele Stewart (PSHE Faculty Lead) along with the Inclusion Nurture Assistant & ELSA Michelle Grigg.

The SMHL role includes:


Staff receive regular training on safeguarding and issues relating to promoting children’s welfare and well-being and staff are fully conversant of their role and responsibility as outlined in the Department of Educations publication: "Keeping Children Safe in Education" Part 1 and Annex A. The SMHL is receiving training from the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE)

In January 2022 our Mental Health Lead (Angela Harris) presented the Government Staff Wellbeing Charter which St Michael's have signed up to, this covers:

We also explored a number of activities staff could use to promote good mental health in themselves.

In September 2022 our Co-Chair of Governors arranged for a member of staff from the Priory to speak to the staff about how to identify elements of their mental health and strategies to support this.

Department for Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

At St. Michael's we firmly  believe that everyone working in education should have the opportunity to enjoy the highest possible standard of wellbeing and mental health. We have therefore signed up to the DfE Staff Wellbeing Charter 2021demonstrating our commitment to all our staff at our school to support them mentally and emotionally.  We will be adapting this to accommodate our school and designing our own charter in due course.

St. Michael's Sign Up to the DfE Wellbeing Charter


The school has established a well embedded programme for an annual Well-being Week to promote positive mental health and well-being for the children and staff and also workshops for parents on promoting positive emotional and mental health in children.  

During Children's Mental Health Week (6-10th February 2023) the school's Educational Psychologists ran a workshop evening for parents which will look at ways to support their child's mental health, with particular reference to anxiety. The presentation is in the resources section.

Annual Well-being Week 2023

Each year we hold a Well-being Week in early February to coincide with National Children’s Mental Health Week.  In 2023 this week took place from 6-10th February.  A  note on the events which took place during this week is below.  Bigfoot helped us all to look at our worries and ran workshops for the whole school. The pupils reported that they enjoyed the different activities during the week.  The Friday Dress to Express was lots of fun, with pupils and staff dressing up to express their personality.