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The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

A Church of England School

Supporting Mental Health

The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School is committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being. It is important that our students understand how to look after both their physical and mental health and develop a toolkit of coping strategies for when difficulties arise, and they are struggling.

The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School Mental Health Strategy has been developed in consultation with students to support students, parents and staff in understanding mental health issues and removing the stigma around talking about mental health so that students don't feel isolated, ashamed or misunderstood and know where to go for help.

Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people have a mental health disorder. Schools are on the frontline when it comes to supporting children and young people's mental wellbeing. Our staff are ideally placed to recognise and respond to early signs of mental health difficulties in children and young people.

In Skills for life lessons students are taught about various aspects of Mental Health. They are taught about how to recognise the signs, and they are signposted to support. Each child at our school has a Form Tutor who they see daily and a Pastoral Mentor who they can request to see. Pastoral Mentors can be contacted by e-mail. We have a School nurse who visits the school on a regular basis and students can request to see her by going to Student Services and asking for an appointment.

Pastoral Mentors

Year 7 — Kirsty Jones
Year 8 — Jo Foggo
Year 9 — Lucy Dumbrell
Year 10 — Marion Roberts
Year 11 — Kris Long

If you have any concerns about your child’s mental Health and wellbeing please make contact with their Pastoral Mentor.