Wellbeing at Skinners’ Academy

At Skinners’ Academy, we value every member of our community’s wellbeing. We believe that for a school to be a success everyone must feel wellness – mentally as well as physically. Our aim is to create and maintain an environment in which all feel supported to be the best they can be. Early identification, clear guidance and safe spaces for discussion of mental health will form the backbone of our wellbeing practice. We do not aim to eradicate distress, this would be impossible, but our aim is for Skinners’ Academy to be a place where all feel encouraged and empowered to share struggles, find solutions and receive ongoing strategies for continued wellbeing – free from stigma and in the spirit of shared humanity.

 

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes 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)

 

Key safeguarding and pastoral contacts

All staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of pupils and the members of staff below have a specific, relevant remit:

  • *Zehra Jaffer – Senior Vice Principal – Designated Safeguarding and Wellbeing Lead and Pastoral Lead (zjaffer@skinnersacademy.org.uk)
  • *Clare DeJode – Head of Student Services – Deputy Designated Safeguarding and Wellbeing Lead (cdejode@skinnersacademy.org.uk)
  • *Catherine Carroll – Academy Nurse (ccarroll@skinnersacademy.org.uk)
  • *Laura Windebank – Academy counsellor
  • *Jennifer Farnon – Academy counsellor (Maternity cover)
  • *Juma Woodhouse – Family Therapist
  • Hannah Potter (Head of Sixth Form)
  • *Chloe Hakes (Head of Upper School)
  • *Natasha Bell (Head of Lower School)
  • *Nadine Bowling (Head of Pupil & Parent Engagement)
  • Moses Arthur (Head of Behaviour and Engagement)
  • PSHCE Leads for relevant year groups
  • Patrick Robbins – CPD Lead

 

The Change Team

Furthermore, the Academy has a Change Team which consists of a cross section of staff from across the Academy and is also committed to positive work in this area including.

The Change Team consists of the staff members starred (*) in the list above and those listed below:

  • Babatunde Ojewunmi (Teacher of Food Technology)
  • Comfort Akano (Teacher of English)
  • Gina Visram (Head of Careers & Communications)
  • Jenny Legge (SENCO / Assistant Head of Lower School)
  • Joe Maloney (Examinations officer / Trips & Visits)
  • John Nayar (Teacher of D&T)
  • Nazleen Rao (Head of ICT & Computing)
  • Roiston Campbell (Assistant Head of Year 11 / Teacher of English)
  • Semone Beecher-Sheppy (Assistant Head of Year 12 / Teacher of English)
  • Wilhelmina Lutterodt (Librarian)
  • Zeynep Kawaters (Teacher of Maths)

The team can be reached via ChangeTeam@skinnersacademy.org.uk

 

Wellbeing at the Academy

“Be the best you can” is the Academy motto and is one which certainly also applies to the area of wellness. At the Academy, we currently and are always further seeking to:

  • Promote positive mental health in all staff and pupils
  • Increase understanding and awareness of common mental health issues
  • Alert staff to early warning signs of mental ill health
  • Provide support to staff working with young people with mental health issues
  • Provide support to students suffering mental ill health and their peers and parents/carers

For years, we have supported a range of wellbeing initiatives for pupils (including Time to Talk etc.) and we are now actively escalating that commitment to support staff wellbeing. As part of this commitment, in Spring 2018, the ‘Change Team’ was created with a remit of focusing on wellbeing of the Academy community, with a special focus on staff wellbeing – which involves research; staff training and development; auditing needs, opinions and suggestions from staff; creating increased wellbeing opportunities and much more.

For more information about wellbeing at Skinners’ Academy, please see links below for the

 

Information & Support – Useful Links

Childline www.childline.org.uk Advice, information, and you can talk to a counsellor online over the phone or online
Samaritans www.Samaritans.org

jo@Samaritans.org

Open 24 hours a day. 365 days a year to talk about anything that is troubling you
Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk Information about mental health and emotional well-being
The Mix www.themix.org.uk All aspects of support and information for under 25s
Young Hackney www.younghackney.org Website for young people who live or go to school in Hackney with info and details of where to get advice and support.
Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre www.nafsiyat.org.uk 

admin@nafsiyat.org.uk

Intercultural therapy for over 18s
One in Four www.oneinfour.org.uk

admin@oneinfour.org.uk

Supporting people who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma
Mental Health Out of Hours Emergency Line 020 8432 8020

 

In a mental health emergency you can call the Mental Health Out of Hours emergency Line 020 8432 8020; or you can visit A&E at Homerton University Hospital, Homerton Row, Hackney, E9 6SR. Tel: 020 8510 8980. If you or someone else is in danger of harm, dial 999 in an emergency. In a non-emergency dial 111 for medical advice or 101 to contact the police.