Coxhoe Primary School

Believe and Achieve

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Scrolling below are some really lovely, positive quotes, that our year 6 children have chosen.

"Out of the dark, comes a new light." - Isaac     "First, THINK you can do it. Second, DREAM you can do it. Third, BELIEVE you can do it. Finally, DARE to do it!" - Frankie - Joe

Our Wellbeing Lead in School is: Mrs O'Sullivan

with support from Mrs Topping.

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. 

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.

Go Yellow for Mental Health Day 2021


On the 11th October we celebrated National Mental Health Day. We dressed in yellow or wore something that made us feel happy and we talked about the reasons why in our classes. 

There was a selfie station set up in the corridor and we took it in turns to dress up and take happy pictures of ourselves with props that made us smile. 

Below are some of the many pictures we took. I hope they make you as happy as they made us, whilst taking them. 


Mental Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our new page dedicated to supporting mental health 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. These are a few of the many changes we have made so far:

  • Changed the structure of the school day to incorporate enrichment opportunities for our children
  • Removed the school bell
  • Developed a sensory shed 
  • Created opportunities for parents and staff to partake in training opportunities linked to health and wellbeing
  • Established a wellbeing lead in school
  • All classrooms now incorporate some flexible seating. E.g. cushions, standing work area, concentration station
  • Incorporated mindful activities into our weekly curriculum lessons
  • Increased the amount of outdoor lessons for our pupils

We will keep updating the sections below with support for adults and children in managing health and wellbeing during the current COVID19 outbreak. Keep checking back for regular updates. 

International Day of Peace 2021

September 21st.

Family Time. 

The summer is finally upon us and with Covid restrictions relaxing slightly, it is now the perfect time to get outdoors and spend some quality, mindful time with your families. 

It doesn't have to cost a lot to have a fun filled family day. There are many beautiful walks around our local areas, with nature trails, parks and play areas.

Many local radio station websites advertise half price family days out to local theme parks/farms/sea-life centres etc. Keep an eye on these for some fantastic offers. 

Another great website to check out is This Is Durham which has lots of really great ideas for family days out on a budget. 

The most important thing to remember, is not to put any pressure on yourselves as parents/carers, to have fun and soak up all that lovely vitamin D and wellness. 

Have a fantastic summer. From your Coxhoe Wellbeing Team. 


Gratitude Challenge.

February is almost upon us and Children's Mental Health Week 2021 runs from Feb 1st - 7th this year. I wanted to give you all a challenge for the month of February. I thought it might be nice if you could use the list below and do one thing each day to help you feel happier and more grateful about your life right now. There are only 25 items on the list so you can have a couple of days free. Have fun and enjoy.  

Summer transition is almost upon us. This can be a very difficult time for lots of our young people. Change can throw the best of us into a panic. We are always here to support both young people and parents with anything these tricky weeks may holdI will add some handy tips to this page and as always please do not hesitate to contact us on the relevant KS email address if you need to speak to your child's teacher regarding this. 

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 top tips to help guide you through remote learning. Hopefully it won't be too much longer and we can all be together again.

January 2021 Update.

Firstly we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Coxhoe families a very Happy New Year, however different this year's may have been.

We understand that during the current climate, with weather not being great and with local restrictions it can be hard on parents/carers to keep children entertained, engaged and full of the joys, whilst remaining indoors for long periods of time. I will be adding activity ideas, colouring pages and useful website links, based upon well-being here weekly for you to enjoy, so please do check back for regular updates. Don't forget to celebrate the little wins and give yourselves a huge pat on the back, you are all doing amazingly.

Here are some ideas for indoor fun at home with your children.

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.

Below is a really useful poster for parents/carers, which gives some insight on how to deal with change. I know at the moment some children are finding the challenges of home learning, not coming to school and not seeing their friends very tricky. 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. 

Printable colouring pages.

Return to School in September

The Growing Healthy County Durham Team

The Growing Healthy County Durham Team have been working hard to meet the changing needs of families and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The team are placing a particular focus on supporting children back into school in September, as it has been some time since they will have attend school full-time with their peers. They may be struggling with some low level anxiety, and parents and school staff may have their own queries around getting children into school.

The team is here to help and have created a dedicated phone number for schools and parents to access additional support during this time. The number is 03000 263532 and it will be open from Monday 24 August to Friday 4 September from 8am-4pm.

See below documents and activities you can do with your children in preparation for their return to school.

Government Parent information for Return to School

Going back to school activity

My Back to School Bubble Story

Government Wellbeing Support during Covid 19

Super packed lunch ideas!

Documents to support pupils with wellbeing:

 Coronavirus A Book for Children.pdfDownload
 Keeping Calm and Providing Supportive Parenting During the Coronavirus.pdfDownload
 Parent Pack - Supporting Wellbeing .docDownload
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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.

See below for free online support sessions from One Point and Mental Health and Emotional support for children and families in County Durham. 

Try some mindful colouring:

Wellbeing Tasks:

 01 Wellbeing - Connect with Others.pdfDownload
 02 Wellbeing - Physical Activity.pdfDownload
 03 Wellbeing - Learning Something New.pdfDownload
 04 Wellbeing - Giving.pdfDownload
 05 Wellbeing - Being Present.pdfDownload
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