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School creates a healthy environment

IN the wake of the UK mental health crisis that schoolchildren are faced with every day, Pattishall Church of England Primary School is making giant leaps towards a more nurturing and mentally healthy school environment.

More and more children attending schools across the country are struggling to cope with their mental health. With rising rates of depression, anxiety and learning disorders such as autism and ADHD, schools are at a real crunch point in terms of the challenges their teachers are faced with on a daily basis in the classroom.

In recognition of this, Pattishall Primary School, located in the heart of the small Northamptonshire village of Pattishall is making great changes to offer an even more welcoming and friendly environment to all children, staff and the wider community too.

Wellbeing Wednesdays is a new initiative, conceived by the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) at the school, Hannah Bowden. The day starts with a Warm Welcome whereby pupils and their parents/carers are invited into school from the earlier time of 8.15am where a selection of games and toys are set out to help children get a fun yet relaxing start to their school day. Throughout the day, the school has introduced mindfulness sessions in class and specially tailored wellbeing workshops too which are already proving to be beneficial all round.

Mrs Bowden said: “We know that children learn best when they feel happy and secure. We have put nurture and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do at Pattishall and want our children to develop, not only a lifelong love of learning, but to leave us with feeling valued and knowing that they can achieve anything.”

Other recent additions to the school are a new library which offers a quiet and relaxing area for children to enjoy some reading time, a nurture garden to allow children to learn more about the outdoors by growing their own plants and having the responsibility of the schools two pet chickens and brand new colourful chairs in all classrooms in order to make the learning environment more comfortable and fun.

Many of these positive flourishes that this vibrant primary school have recently introduced are thanks to a huge amount of support from Headteacher Emma McLean who has a genuine love of teaching and really wants to see Pattishall and its pupils succeed.

Pattishall school is currently accepting new pupils for the September 19/20 school year, as well as having a few places in other years groups also. If you are interested in seeing this positive and delightful village school, visit the website www.pattishallschool.co.uk or call 01327 830301.

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