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Mental Health and

Welcome to our page dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our staff, pupils and parents. One of our school priorities for this year is to raise the profile of all aspects of health education in both curricular and extra curricular opportunities for everyone. 

We will keep updating the sections below with support for adults (scroll to the bottom) and children in managing health and wellbeing.

Keep checking back for regular updates.

Our Wellbeing Lead in School is: Mrs O'Sullivan
With support from Miss Bell

Health and Wellbeing Pledge 

Local Support

Positive Affirmations


Mindful Mantras

Mindful Moments: Colouring Pages

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Think Positive!

It's important we remember to celebrate how incredible all of you amazing children are. Below is an activity that you could do alone or alongside one of your grown-ups to really help you focus the positives about yourselves. You could fill it in and keep it or if you'd like to, it might be nice for you to fill it in and e-mail it to your teacher's via the KS email associated with your specific class, so that they can also see just how amazing you are.

See Facebook 'Fun and Food County Durham' for free February half term activities

Free Family Hubs Courses 

See the attached Family Hubs Programme for a variety of parent courses. If you would like to attend any of these please either contact the family centre directly or email Mrs O'Sullivan at school. 

Family Hubs Programme Guide

HELLO YELLOW  -  World Mental Health Day 
Join us on Tuesday 10th October to say #HelloYellow to show young people that how they feel matters and help us create a future where all young people get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what. To take part, simply wear an item of yellow clothing or an accessory with your school uniform on Tuesday 10th October and donate what you can to YoungMinds via We will be raising awareness during assembly and challenges throughout the week for how to support positive mental health.


28th June 2023

A huge thank you to all of the parents/carers who took time out of their day to attend Chillfest with their child/children. We opened the sessions to Years 4,5 and 6 and had a variety of activities such as journalling, sensory bottle making, s'mores on the fire, elder wood bracelets and wood stars. The Emotional Health and Resilience Nursing team had a station along with Mrs Pascoe, our school counsellor which gave families to see some of the support we offer as a school. We had lots of positive feedback about parents/carers spending quality time with their child doing activities which support positive mental health and wellbeing. We plan to run this event again with other year groups in the next academic year.

Children's Mental Health Week

6th-12th February 2023

The theme of the week was 'Anxiety'. Mrs O'Sullivan delivered an assembly on anxiety; the power point can be found in our assembly section of the website. Our KS1 children shared 'Ruby's Worry' and then did some work around zones of regulation. They focused on strategies to use when they may be feeling anxious. Our KS2 children completed a reflection activity thinking about strategies they can use for a particular worry. See below for some examples of our work. 


NSPCC Number Day 2023


This year our theme is Rockstar's and Robot's

The whole school will be working together to take part in a Times Table Rockstars battle...who will be the best?

Look out for some photos from the day coming soon!

You can see and hear more about Number Day by watching the video below or going to the NSPCC website by clicking the link.

Anti-Bullying Week

7th-13th November 2022 is Anti-Bullying week and as a school we have been working together to build awareness of what bullying is and what to do if you feel like you have been bullied.

On Monday we had Odd Socks day to highlight that we are all different.

In English we have read stories and watched videos to help with our discussions around bullying and explore the different emotions attached to bullying.

In PSHE we have created posters to put up around school to show different ways children can find support.

Below is a video that Walliams class used during their English lessons; the children discussed how the different characters might feel and their motives for the different actions. 

Activities: Can you name some of the feelings each of the birds might be feeling and why? Chat about it to a grown up. Draw a picture of the birds and label them with the different emotions you have talked about.

Hello Yellow!

Mental Health Awareness Week

9th-15th May 2022 is Mental Health Awareness Week and the mental health foundation are raising awareness of the impact of loneliness and the steps that can be taken to address it. Check out the video below. 

Social Media and Mental Health

Feelings and Emotions

Wellbeing Activities

To our fabulous Coxhoe parents, never forget you are doing an absolutely amazing job! We understand it is not easy, just know we appreciate each and every one of you.

Below are some resources and information that you may find useful.

Does your child suffer with sleep?

Scroll through the document below for some useful information and contact details.


Below is a really useful poster for parents/carers, which gives some insight on how to deal with change. Life can often throw us a curveball and navigating the fallout can be tricky for both adults and children, hopefully this poster can offer some ideas to make it a little easier. As always, if you should require any assistance, your child's teacher is always at the other end of a phone/email and will be happy to help. 

Super packed lunch ideas!

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support to children experiencing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to a school’s trained Designated Safeguarding Lead /Officer (known as key Adult) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved. 

Information is shared with a school’s Key Adult (Designated Safeguarding Lead or Officer) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

Children are negatively impacted by experiencing domestic abuse and without early intervention and support this negative impact can last through a child’s life course.  Domestic abuse can impact upon social, psychological, physical, emotional and behavioural outcomes with an often negative impact upon a child’s academic success. Experiencing domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience.

Operation Encompass aims, by directly connecting police and schools, to secure better outcomes for children , to enable schools to better understand the impact living with domestic abuse has upon children, to help schools to better understand  a child’s lived experience and to therefore be able to support and nurture each child , making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow.

Healthy Start Vouchers 

What is Healthy Start?

  • HSV is a government scheme to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and families with young children on benefits and tax credits.

  • The scheme will support families during the current situation as it helps low income pregnant women and young children to buy fruit, vegetables, milk and infant formula.

      What can families access?

  • Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.

  • Women and children getting Healthy Start food vouchers can also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins


Where can the vouchers be spent?

You can use your Healthy Start vouchers in any shop that is registered to take part in the scheme. Lots of shops accept Healthy Start vouchers, including corner shops, food co-ops, greengrocers, market stalls, milk floats or vans, pharmacies, supermarkets. Look out for the Healthy Start sticker in shop windows, or ask inside. If you’re struggling to find infant formula milk during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can now use your vouchers to buy infant formula milk online.

Use the link to find a retailer near you:

Who qualifies for Healthy Start Vouchers?

Families can qualify for Healthy Start if they are at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old and if the family receive the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with a family income of £16,190 or less per year
  • Pension Credit; or Universal Credit with no earned income or total earned income of £408 or less per month for the family.
  • People also qualify if they are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any of the above benefits


If you require support with completing your application please contact Mrs O'Sullivan at school or your child's health visitor.