Stanningley Primary School

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"The provision to support the social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) of the whole school community is excellent.  Everything that Stanningley Primary school do centres around developing the whole child with the understanding that basic needs have to be met first and foremost. The universal offer for pupils is broad and well established with MindMate lessons embedded within the curriculum. Pupil feedback highlights the value that they place on these lessons in understanding the importance of talking about feelings, knowing how to manage uncomfortable feelings and who to go to for support. The School MindMate Ambassadors recently attended a training event to support them in their role. As staff know their pupils and families well, they are able to be proactive, as well as reflective, and provide timely and bespoke support to meet individual needs. A wide range of targeted sessions are provided to support pupils with additional needs. Where further support is needed the school make good use of the Bramley Cluster and the MindMate Support Team. Robust systems are in place to ensure that advice, support and training are given where needed, both for staff and parents. The family support worker plays an invaluable role in supporting pupils and parents."

Sheryll Carter Healthy Schools Advisor Health and Wellbeing Services, Leeds City Council
06 December 2023


SPS Pupils

At Stanningley Primary School as part of the PSHE curriculum we will be teaching pupils about Social, Emotional and Mental Health.  We will do this using the MindMate lessons which have been developed here in Leeds by teachers and mental health experts working together. The lessons have been funded by the South Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the Future in Mind programme.

The lessons are contemporary and interactive and will help pupils:

  • understand their own feelings
  • understand the emotions and mental heal needs of others
  • ask for help when necessary
  • support their friends and families to be mentally well
  • reduce the stigma associated with mental health
  • Spiral SEMH curriculum from KS1 to KS4 to fit into your Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum
  • Six themes covering a range of life issues
  • Six lessons per year plus extras such as assemblies and focus modules
  • PowerPoint lessons and Word lesson plans for easy use and edit

When using the lessons there will be clear ground rules to ensure that pupils are comfortable with the subject matter and all the lessons have been created to be age appropriate. 
If you would like to know more about the lessons you can contact Mrs Stott-Moore (DHT / PSHE Subject Leader)


The Mind Mate booklet was shared with all parents at parents evening.

SEMH - Additional Support including OUTSIDE AGENCIES

Everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable. At times, anyone may need additional support to maintain or develop good mental health. The mental health of children and young people, adults in schools, parents and carers and the wider whole school community will impact on all areas of development, learning, achievement and experiences. At Stanningley Primary School we provide a healthy learning environment which provides opportunities that promote positive mental health, through the National Curriculum and extended provision, for example, PSHE and Mindmate sessions, Circle Time, P4C, play, nurture groups, differentiated learning activities, individual timetables, parents/carers events, challenging stereotypes, etc. At Stanningley we pride ourselves on a staff team that knows every pupil well and can spot where poor or unusual behaviour may have a root cause that needs addressing. Support that we provide includes, A whole school approach to promote the emotional health and wellbeing of all pupils. A culture within the school that values all pupils, allows them a sense of belonging and makes it possible to talk about problems Continuous professional development for all staff. The Family Support Manager, Mrs Di Greenwood, visiting homes and meeting families in school to support emotional wellbeing and aim to liaise with families about SEMH interventions and support available in school. Peer support. Working with outside agencies to provide interventions for pupils with health problems. For example, referral to Bramley Cluster in order to access a range of support such as Art Therapy, CBT, Child Counselling , Intensive Family Support and training referral to ABC for GATEWAY outreach work referral to Education Psychologist referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, CAMHS. With support from outside agencies we use Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires, SDQs to help judge whether individual pupils might be suffering from a diagnosable mental health problem in accordance with DFE Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools guidance 2015.


Child-line Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call them on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Child-line an email or post on the message boards. 

Young Minds The Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under 25. You may have questions about a child’s behaviour, emotional well-being, or mental health condition. You may have a child who’s already been admitted to CAMHS and have questions about their treatment or want to know what to say to your GP when you visit them. Call 0808 802 5544 or visit the website.

 NSPCC If you are worried about a child you can contact their trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support 0808 0800 5000. 

The Mix 0808 808 4994 - Free information and support for under 25's in the UK. Get advice about sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, money & jobs. 

Relate -Providers of counselling services to Children from age 5 and their families 01274 726096 .

Supportline - Listed on here are some helplines and websites where children and young people can get information, advice and support. 
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust- aims to increase public awareness of the nature, symptoms and dangers of depression and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. 

 Winstons Wish  the UK’s childhood bereavement charity. We support children and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.

If you are concerned that yourself or another is experiencing a Mental Health crisis-Urgent Help:

To access official advice given by the NHS on dealing with a mental health crisis, you can click here and see what steps to take and at which point to take those measures.

Mind Mate Friendly -

26.06.19 To the staff and pupils of Stanningley Primary School, Congratulations! You have now been validated as a MindMate Friendly school within the MindMate Champions Programme. Thank you for your hard work in achieving this meaningful status and for recognising the need for high quality social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) prevention work for all your pupils and early support for those who need extra help. In completing the programme you have strong evidence to demonstrate your commitment to high quality SEMH provision and can share this with children and families as well as OFSTED. There is clear evidence that good social, emotional and mental health skills improve attainment and attendance and that is why we have a joint Future in Mind Leeds strategy which promotes, in Childrens Centres and schools, the development of knowledge and skills in emotional resilience and supports self-help. We are pleased you are embracing this approach and offering your pupils and staff the best possible offer in this area and hope you will continue to build on your success.

Let's talk PANTS

At Stanningley Primary School we talk PANTS. Pantosaurus has helped 1.5 million parents Talk PANTS and keep their children safe from sexual abuse. Developed in consultation with children, parents, carers and teachers, Talk PANTS is here to help children understand their body belongs to them, and they should tell a safe adult they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. The children at Stanningley are introduced to the NSPCC singing dinosaur video to introduce the very important PANTS acronym. The children loved singing along with Pantosaurus whilst learning the key PANTS messages. HELP YOUR CHILD TO STAY SAFE BY TALKING PANTS!

NSPCC Assembly

On Monday 21st January we were pleased to welcome volunteers from the NSPCC to deliver the NSPCCs Speak out Stay safe assembly. At Stanningley Primary School we feel that it is important for all our pupils to have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse. During the assembly we were pleased to meet the friendly mascot Buddy