Our commitment to our students’ health & wellbeing
We consider the health, safety and wellbeing of our students to be of the utmost
importance and strive to promote the welfare of our students, believing ‘Every Child
Matters’ and supporting them and enabling them to keep themselves and others
Student’s Mentors are the first port of call should you have a concern, you can also
contact the Principal. If you have any concerns of a safeguarding nature please
contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead, Elaine King, who is available to support
and offer help when students are experiencing issues both in and out of school
through providing a welcoming and supportive environment.
Mrs King liaises with a number of outside agencies who are further able to support
our students including PCAMHS, CAMHS, Health and Social Care and Early
01295 251451 Ext. 221
Confidentiality: All issues raised are treated with confidentiality, unless there is a
risk of significant harm in which case referrals are made to partner agencies for their
There is a school nurse drop in once a week.
What will it be like going back to school after the lockdown? Watch the School Health Nurses’ Return to School video.
Read the School Health Nurse Newsletter for Term 5 here.
Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer.
In a crisis? Anxious? Worried? Stressed? Get 24/7 help from their team of Crisis Volunteers.
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.
Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day. Find out more: Shout website
Thames Valley Police During this period of COVID 19 lockdown children and young people are increasingly using social media. TVP have launched a media campaign which highlights some of the safeguarding issues that this increased use can bring. The key messages highlighted in the campaign are as follows:
For children are:
- Don’t be afraid of coming forward and speaking to a parent, carer, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult.
- The Police are here to help and support you – you will not be in trouble.
- Know who you are talking to on-line. If something doesn’t feel right – tell someone.
Key messages for parents
- Trust your instinct for signs, you know your child better than anyone
- Have your children suddenly become very secretive?
- Are they sad or withdrawn but won’t say why?
- Do they seem distracted
- Do they have sudden mood swings?
- Are they unable to switch off from their phone or social media?
- Have open conversations with children about their internet usage.
- Use parental controls and seek guidance from the available free resource.
TVP is strongly advocating for information on staying safe the use of the NCA CEOP website www.thinkuknow.co.uk – this contains links to advice for children at different age groups, parents/carers and professionals including teachers. Read the TVP letter here.
(see also the Help Zone document below for additional useful links)
https://ocva.org.uk/ links to other sources of support in the community
https://www.oxfordshireallin.org/local-support-groups Oxfordshire All In support groups that have been set up around the county – these are being added to all of the time.
https://www.turn2us.org.uk/ A charity to support those in financial need
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/north-oxon-south-northants/contact-us/ Citizens’ Advice Bureau for Banbury/Bicester
http://www.bancburyshirecitizenproject.org.uk/ Banburyshire Advice Centre
https://www.familylives.org.uk/ Parenting support
https://www.reducingtherisk.org.uk/cms/ Domestic abuse helplines.
https://www.netmums.com/support/netmums-parenting-course-welcome Online Family Links course
https://www.home-startbanbury.org.uk/ Home-Start for Banbury, Bicester and Chipping Norton
https://theimaginationtree.com/ Play at home ideas. Early Years Toolkit from Early Years Team, information for practitioners and parents.
https://fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/oxfordshire/directory/home.page Family information directory
https://fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/oxfordshire/directory/practitioner_toolkit.page Practitioners’ Toolkit A-Z of information and links to support
Stress and Emotional Health
CHILDLINE – Children can get support during this current situation whilst they are not attending school. When you call us on 0800 1111 you’ll get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about or visit our website https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/
CHILDLINE Calm Zone – activities and tools to help you feel better when you’re feeling anxious, scared or sad https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Young Minds: How to support your child if they are feeling anxious about coronavirus Young Minds 360° Schools
Place2Be – Improving Children’s Mental Health: Coronavirus: updates from Place2Be https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-updates-from-place2be/
Understanding Children’s Anxiety Place2Be Newsletter March 20
NHS Oxford Health:
The Mental Health Support Team Newsletter 1
The Mental Health Support Team Newsletter 2
The Mental Health Support Team Newsletter 3
The Mental Health Support Team Newsletter 4
The Mental Health Support Team Newsletter 5
Oxfordshire sexual health service
There are no drop-in services at the Churchill, Banbury & Didcot clinics, and they are now operating on an appointment only basis.
The following peripheral clinics are closed until further notice: Abingdon, Bicester, Kidlington, Wantage
Please check the website for updates on other clinics: https://www.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk/
ThinkuKnow Home activity packs created to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at home. Packs for children aged 11-13. Packs for children aged 14 plus.
Universal Credit Claims for Statutory Sick Pay and entitlements due to the Coronavirus: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers#other-advice-for-parents-and-families
E-Safety Advisor These online safety videos have been created to assist schools during the Covid-19 lockdown period. They are short and simple to give students support, advice and guidance on a range of subjects. The first video looks at Captology, which is the theory, sometimes called persuasive design, in which apps/games are designed to grab attention, therefore touching on the subject of wellbeing. Watch it here: https://player.vimeo.com/external/426498065.hd.mp4?s=8610b0add5c37cff155f6e494ecad36ce1980105&profile_id=174
The second video looks at online disinhibition. Watch it here: hhttps://player.vimeo.com/external/420332851.hd.mp4?s=81cbe7d8e55a6af3b187268e6dabbc20f223c159&profile_id=175
You can find more videos for schools here: E-Safety Advisor
Oxford University Co-Space study Can you help us learn how families are coping with the challenges of COVID-19? Are you a parent or carer of a child in school years 0 (reception/foundation) to 11 in the UK? If you are, we invite you to take part in a regular online survey being run by the University of Oxford. Your responses will help us to find out how children, young people and their families are getting on, what is working for them, and what they are finding difficult so that we can understand how best to help .Please click here for further information
Coronavirus – a book for children. Download a free book illustrated by Axel Scheffler from Nosy Crow.com
Facebook Groups BANBURY COVID-19 SUPPORT GROUP FOR THE VULNERABLE and Banbury Coronavirus Support Group
TSE – COVID-19 Resources for Secondary Schools
Please see the TSE leaflets below on Stress and Emotional Health. This link will take you to the box breathing video which is referenced in several of the leaflets: https://youtu.be/NmUpUHnRF-Y
TSE – Stress First Aid Kit – Pupil
TSE – Helpful and Unhelpful worries – Pupil
TSE – Emotional Health Toolkit – Pupil
TSE – Stress Bucket – Pupil
TSE – Stress – Pupil
TSE – Emotional Health Toolkit – Teacher
TSE – Stress First Aid Kit – Teacher
See the Help Zone for other useful websites for Health and wellbeing.
The Red Box Project Banbury Aspirations Campus is part of the Red Box scheme to fight period poverty.
IMPS First Point: Supporting Children – where to go for advice from the Injury Minimization Programme for Schools. These pages give support and advice to young people if they are worried or frightened about something that is happening to them or a friend.
Parenting Practitioners: What if …you want some help? Our small and friendly team has wide experience of working with parents when problems arise with children. Read more here.
Parenting Practitioners: Children’s Space is a service to support children whose parents are separating or who have already separated. Read more here.