Mental Health

Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Aston Fence J & I School, the wellbeing and mental health of our pupils, staff and parents are at the forefront of our school’s vision of leading a mentally healthy school.

We are delighted to confirm, that Aston Fence has been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools ‘School Mental Health Award’ – Gold Status. We are very proud of the work that continues to take place in school to support the wellbeing of all our pupils, families and staff and would like to thank Mrs Draycott for her hard work and dedication in this area too.

In addition to Mrs Draycott’s work, a number of our children benefit from sessions with Mrs Firth who is a qualified ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). 

Please click this link to read our full statement.

Designated Mental Health Lead Responsibilities

  • To work alongside the headteacher, building clear working links with children and young people’s mental health services so that the school can refer to the NHS when appropriate.

  • To assist in the co-ordination of the school’s provision for young people’s mental health needs.

  • To oversee the mental health interventions that take place in school. In practice, this could mean supervising the delivery of CAMHS interventions within a school or college, while clinical responsibility for treatment and professional supervision is held by the NHS.

  • To give applicable members of staff the knowledge and skills they need to support children with emerging mental health issues.

  • To work with all staff to ensure that the school takes both a reactionary and preventative approach when it comes to mental health.

  • To assess the outcome of interventions on pupils’ attainment and wellbeing using SDQ forms and teacher/ pupil and parent feedback.

  • To work alongside staff and families to ensure that the pupils receive mental health and well being support in both and preventative and reactive method.

 Within school, the children, families and staff have access to a fully qualified play therapist and child counsellor. Mrs Draycott, a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapists) has attended a wide range of training which includes Child and Adolescent CBT and Mentalization Based Treatments with Children, Young People and Families.

Mrs Draycott provides the additional support that some of our children and families require in times of difficult; whether this is to work alongside multi agency teams for external provision or within school.


Interesting Articles

Please see below  for articles and reports which you may find interesting. The views, information or opinions expressed on the suggested websites are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Aston Fence J & I School. While we endeavour to ensure that the information on this website is correct, we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy.

If you are interested in identifying, treating and managing mental health problems and disorders, you can find lots of information at

For parents with 11+ children,  the following website may be of interest to parents with older children as it is an online mental wellbeing community with helpful articles, personal experiences and tips from young people -

See, Hear, Response Support Hub. Here you will find information, resources and tools from practical advice on how to talk to your children about the pandemic, to tips on managing anxiety. Click here.

An interesting read should your children be anxious. Click here.

How to Handle Child Tantrums and Meltdowns | Behavior Problems | Child Mind Institute

The following two reports are from the child mind institute about gaming and social media. You may find these fact sheets, tips and information an interesting read:

1 - Children's Mental Health Report 2019 - Parents

2 - Children's Mental Health Report 2019 - Teens

From Psychology Today

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, and Lazy.

Strategies for a Successful Summer Break.

What to do (and not do) when children are anxious.

What selfies are doing to girls' self-esteem.

An overview of Nondirective Play Therapy.

The relationship between allowing children to encounter dirt and good health

The importance of play in children’s development and how the use of imagination relates to life long skills

The consequences of parents depending on technology and the effect it can have on children’s behaviour.

How we talk to children and the impact of kindness when talking to them.

The detrimental effect of social media on your children’s mental health and well being

How to Handle Child Tantrums and Meltdowns.

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