Mental Health and Wellbeing

There is an immense about of support on offer at Penrice Academy. Promoting positive mental health and supporting vulnerable children and young people is at the heart of our work and the quality of the provision throughout the school is excellent, this has been acknowledged by our recent Trauma Informed Schools Award – the first Secondary School in the country to achieve this prestigious award.

Penrice Academy is the first Secondary School in the UK to achieve this prestigious award.


Every student is taught in a compassionate classroom and our staff have fully embedded a range of strategies to ensure the wellbeing of our young people is of paramount importance. Every Year Group also participates in focused wellbeing registrations through the academic year focusing on Wellbeing and experiencing a range of activities designed to develop skills such as mindfulness, resilience and self-care.

Some of our wellbeing interventions include:

  • TIS (Trauma Informed Schools) one-to-one support
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Group work
  • Gender support
  • Behaviour Management
  • Attendance Support
  • Social and Emotional Support
  • Young Carers
  • TIS Group Work
  • Emotional First Aid/ Mental Health Support
  • CAF/FGC Advocates Signposting to Outside Agencies
  • School Counsellor
  • School Support Dogs
  • and our TIS Tortoise!

We also produce a fortnightly ‘Us Plus’ bulletin that shares key information around mental health and wellbeing and is emailed to all staff and students and published on our website.

We have a team of TIS accredited practitioners who can support individuals and also work with small groups using their specialised training to enable our young people to develop appropriate strategies to support their wellbeing. The ‘Us Plus’ staff team also share their knowledge within departments to enable staff to employ up to date and relevant support strategies in their classrooms. Our ‘Us Plus’ student team are also trained to promote positive mental health and support their peer group through the Penrice journey.

Us Plus Student Mentors

Our support strategies are bespoke to each individual child and situation. Our aim is to ensure every student who faces challenges that negatively impact on their ability to thrive has access to an Emotionally Available Adult who will help them develop the necessary skills to overcome the challenges and achieve their best possible outcomes.

For more information about the mental health please contact: Mrs Kirsty Taylor ktaylor@penrice.org.uk

Kirsty Taylor – Head of Year 7 at Penrice Academy