Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School

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    Health and Wellbeing at Sacred Heart


    At Sacred Heart, the education of the whole child is paramount. Our vision for our school is to be ‘outstanding in all areas of learning, pastoral care and faith formation. We aim to nurture a love of learning, with Jesus at the heart of all we do.’ Our School Development Plan objective 2 aims for ‘Excellence in wellbeing and personal development’.  We aim to support and nurture this through:

    • Our PSHE Curriculum – Jigsaw
    • Specialist workshops and assemblies throughout the year
    • Dedicated Wellbeing Week and Anti-Bullying Week each year
    • Our Family Liaison Officer
    • Our School Nurse
    • Mental Health Trailblazer Partnership with the NHS
    • Education Wellbeing Partners (EWPs)
    • Targeted Mental Health Services (TaMHS)

    PSHE Curriculum

    Weekly PSHE lessons follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme which offers a whole school approach to Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills, mindfulness and spiritual development.  Our PSHE lead is Key Stage One leader, Mrs White. Please visit our PSHE page for further information and links to the Jigsaw Scheme of Learning.

    Specialist Assemblies and Workshops

    Throughout the year, we welcome visitors such as ex-professional footballers, charities and NHS Education Wellbeing Partners to lead assemblies or workshops on anxiety, resilience and healthy bodies and healthy minds.


    Wellbeing Week and Anti Bullying Week

    Each year, we dedicated a week to Wellbeing. We learn about how to keep our bodies and minds healthy with diet, exercise and wellbeing. We also dedicated a week to Anti-Bullying where lessons are dedicated to strengthening friendships and celebrating differences.


    If you or someone you know can help with any wellbeing initiatives, activities or workshops, please contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Heffron.

    School Nurse

    School Nurses work with school-age children and young people to improve their health outcomes, support them with identified health needs and disability in school, and to ensure that they reach their full educational potential. School Nurses are based in community clinics and work in schools, health clinics and other community settings. They also carry out home visits where required.


    The school nursing service offers specialist nursing input across education and health, providing a link between school, home and the community to improve the health and well-being of children and young people, working with GP’s, other health professionals, teachers, youth workers, social care and voluntary sector agencies.


    The School Nursing Service promotes the health and wellbeing of families and communities including school communities through the provision of advice of advice and/or intervention. School Nurses have advanced and specialist qualifications giving them the additional knowledge and skills to help support children and young people with identified health needs.


    Our School Nurse is Jessa Nealega. To access her services, please contact Mrs Harris.

    School Nursing Service Advice for Parents

    Mental Health Trailblazer Partnership with the NHS

    As part of our research, training and provision of mental health and wellbeing, we are proud to be a part of a partnership with other Merton schools.


    The Trailblazer allows us access to:

    • A Clinical Psychologist to provide 1:1 and group interventions (Education Wellbeing Partner or EWP)
    • A directory of services for children, young people, families and staff
    • Peer to peer support programmes for children, young people, families and staff
    • Online support (e.g. from Kooth who already provide services in Kingston) 
    • Parent and carer support through the delivery of Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) and group sessions
    • Clinical psychologist group sessions for parents (e.g. exam stress, internet safety)
    • Strengthened PSHE curriculum to promote resilience and support social and emotional learning
    • Mental Health First Aid training for staff


    Education Wellbeing Partners

    Education Wellbeing Partners are clinical psychologists who deliver individual programme to support parents with children who are:

    • Showing signs of anxiety or worry (separation, fears, Covid, returning to school etc.)
    • Showing behavioural difficulties (bedtime routines, following instructions etc.)


    EWPs will work with the parent directly and aim to give the parents strategies and tools to help them support their child, and to feel more confident in responding to their child’s behaviour. The program consists of up to 8 weekly sessions with the parent. EWPs are offering virtual sessions currently, due to COVID-19.


    For further information on the Trailblazer or EWP services, please contact Miss Heffron.

    Targeted Mental Health Services (TaMHS)

    Following support from school or other providers, where more specialist or intense support for pupils or family are needed, we have commissioned a TaMHS practitioner who we can support pupils and families. For further information, please contact Mrs Harris. 

    Key staff and contacts

    Mrs Dolan-Walsh



    Designated Safeguarding Lead


    Miss Heffron


    Deputy Headteacher

    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Mental Health Lead

    Merton Mental Health Trailblazer and EWPs


    Mrs Harris


    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Family Liaison Officer

    Mental Health First Aider



    Mrs Chegini


    SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)



    Miss Bennett


    Assistant Headteacher

    Mental Health First Aider


     Mrs White


    Key Stage One Leader

    PSHE Leader