At Orchard Primary School your child's wellbeing and mental health is our utmost priority. Below you will find some information regarding the support we offer and services in Bexley that are available.

In school, we are able to provide support for a child's wellbeing in the following ways:

  • Talking to their class teacher or other trusted adult
  • 1-1 Mentoring and ongoing support for identified children needing additional support to discuss their feelings, concerns and worries
  • Having 'Draw and Talk or Therapeutic Play with a trained member of staff.
  • Counselling sessions for identified children
  • Attending Nuture Group
  • Friendship & Social Skills Sessions
  • Attending lunch time Friendship Club
  • Attending lunch time Chill Club
  • Sensory Circuits for identified children to support well being
  • Chill Zone for children to have “Time In”
  • Chill Club for relaxation and fun.
  • Boxfit
  • Boccia
  • Identification and support for any children who are Young Carer’s.
  • CHeWS consultations with parent/carer
  • Referrals to CAMHS when appropriate
  • Visits and workshops from external Agencies around healthy friendships/relationships and emotional wellbeing. E.g Tender, NSPCC, Boys Noise, Bexley Women’s Aid and the Charlton Premier League Primary Stars programme.
  • Healthy Eating and Exercise – E.g. Joy of Movement Programme
  • Use of internet and online safety.
  • Hot Chocolate Friday

If you have any concerns about your child’s emotional or social wellbeing, please talk to your child's class teacher, Mrs Gwillam (SENCO) or Mrs Lyman (Family Liaison Advisor)

As you will be aware, mental health and the importance of building resilience and good mental health capacity for children and young people, is very much in the news.


London Borough of Bexley also provide a variety of sessions for pupils, parents, governors and teaching staff, on the promotion of good mental and wellbeing of children and young people. E.g.:
  • Online Safety
  • Mindfulness
  • Self Harm
  • Wellbeing
For more information on future sessions, please contact Pascale Berthellet, Public Health Adviser for Children and Young People. Pascale.berthellet@bexley.gov.uk

We hope this is a helpful reminder of resources and opportunities to help our children. Other useful websites that can support emotional wellbeing are:

Young Minds website: www.youngminds.org.uk
HeadScape: www.headscapebexley.co.uk

Orchard Primary School, Oxford Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LW
Tel: 0208 300 4878         E-mail: admin@orchard.bexley.sch.uk
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