Mental Wellbeing

Here at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, we put students first to raise standards and transform lives. Creating a supportive environment where our students feel happy and able to flourish underpins everything we do.

We have created a new website which provides a comprehensive range of services for our students and parents to access to support them and their mental wellbeing. To visit, please click on the link below:

Outwood Grange Academies Trust Mental Wellbeing Strategy

Local Resources

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Promoting Emotional Health and Well-being

At Outwood Academy Ormesby we recognise the importance of emotional resilience and positive well-being play in academic achievement and long term life chances and happiness. This belief is embedded in our vision and values; Students First, Raising Standards and Transforming Lives. These underpin our whole-school approach to promoting emotional health. The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”, we champion this role.

Our whole school approach to supporting students reflects best practice and statutory and advisory guidance detailed in the following documents:
• ‘Keeping children safe in education’
• ‘Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children’
• ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools’
• ‘Counselling in schools’

We believe that emotional health is closely linked to mental health and that as a school we can encourage positive development of mental health in adolescence. Children who are mentally healthy will be able to:
• Develop psychologically, emotionally, creatively, intellectually and spiritually.
• Initial, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships.
• Use and enjoy solitude and collaboration
• Be aware of others and empathise with them
• Develop a sense of right and wrong
• Accept and seek responsibility without excuse
• Face challenges, resolve issues and setbacks and learn from them.

Eight Principles

Our approach is based around the eight principles recommended to promote emotional health and wellbeing in schools.


HeadStart – giving all Middlesbrough’s children and young people the necessary support to build resilience to achieve good emotional health.

The aim of the HeadStart school programme is to make sure that children and young people are happy and enjoy their time at school. There are many things that impact on the emotional well-being of children; falling out with friends, the pressures of social media, keeping up with studies. We want all our pupils to have good emotional health, to have the skills and confidence to cope, solve problems, achieve well and be happy.

HeadStart is a whole school approach where everyone feels safe and comfortable to be themselves, learn and develop in a positive environment and access support when needed.

HeadStart services within school are:

Staff development – our staff have access to training that enables them to be able to better respond to the emotional needs of pupils.

Headstart Reach partnership – delivering support to pupils who may be struggling at an early stage to stop issues from escalating.

Self-referral text number – Pupils are able to self-report any issues of concern they may have if they would rather not speak in person.

Transition – support offered for young people to make the move from primary to secondary as easy as possible.

HeadStarters – a training pathway for young people to develop school based projects and support the delivery of HeadStart.

Our school is committed to the HeadStart principles to allow every young person to have the best possible experience and outcomes throughout their school journey.


Follow on Twitter:

HeadStart: @HeadStart_Boro

Young Minds UK: @YoungMindsUK