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Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

YoungMinds define mental health and wellbeing in young people as:

“The strength and capacity of our minds to grow and develop, to be able to overcome difficulties and challenges, and to make the most of our abilities and opportunities.”

Often when we talk about mental health, people immediately think of the negative aspects of certain mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety or self-harm. But we all have mental health and wellbeing: it is on a spectrum. Just like physical health, people can have good mental health or have problems that they need help to overcome and this can be different from one day to the next.

At Marple Hall we take mental health and wellbeing very seriously. There are lots of ways for students to get help for their wellbeing at school and to get involved with wellbeing activities. Our wellbeing strategy is all about building the tools to:

  • look after ourselves,
  • to look after each other
  • and to seek help when we need it.

Although other people can support us to be happy and healthy, we have the best chance of being able to stay happy throughout our time in school if we learn how to take responsibility for our own wellbeing. For students – there is lots of information about this on the Pastoral Hub on our Sharepoint or visit our Marple Hall School Wellbeing Instagram Page.

If you would like some more information on self-care to support your child, please contact a member of the Wellbeing Team.

The Wellbeing Team

We are proud to have a full time Wellbeing Team in school. The Wellbeing Team is led by Miss Cook and is made up of a team of staff as well as Student Wellbeing Leaders. We are always developing our Wellbeing provision in school so any students with ideas are encouraged to speak to a member of the team.

Miss Cook – Director of Pastoral KS3 and Senior Mental Health Lead

Miss Cook leads the Wellbeing agenda in school and support students one to one as well as running Seasons for Growth bereavement groups and Mindfulness groups.

Miss Kirkbright – Head of Year and Deputy Mental Health Lead

Heather supports with leading the Wellbeing agenda in school. She supports students one to one and runs Seasons for Growth bereavement groups. She also leads the Student Wellbeing Leaders.

Miss Marley – Wellbeing Intervention Manager

Miss Marley supports students for one to one sessions and small groups in school.

Miss Deere – Pastoral Manager

Miss Deere is our ELSA lead supports students on a one to one basis in emotional literacy skills.

Miss Williams – School Counsellor

Miss Williams supports students for one to sessions in school.

Mr Woodcock – Operational Safeguarding Lead

Mr Woodcock is our Looked After Children Champion, supports our Young Carers and supports the wellbeing of our students by keeping them safe.

Our Student Wellbeing Leaders

In school we are proud to have a team of student Wellbeing Leaders who volunteer to support students and whole school wellbeing activities in school such as Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. This is a student leadership opportunity that is supported by staff. They receive training to support students and have led fundraising activities, contributed to student information leaflets and display boards. You can spot them around school as they wear a Wellbeing badge on their blazers. Students interested in becoming a Wellbeing Leader should speak to Miss Kirkbright.

Supporting Our Students

Sometimes students need extra support in school, from one to one sessions, to groups, to external agencies that come into school to support students. Some more information about some of the groups we run in school is below alongside some of the agencies that come in to support our students with their health and wellbeing for example, Beacon Counselling, our School Nursing Team and Signpost who support our Young Carers. If you think your child needs help, please speak to their Form Tutor, Pastoral Manager, Head of Year or any of the Wellbeing Team. If your child is accessing support for their mental health or wellbeing, it is useful to let the school know so that we can support as appropriate.

Young Carers

A ‘Young Carer’ is a child or young adult who spends time looking after or helping a member of their family who, because of an illness or disability, mental health problem or drug and alcohol issue is unable to take care of everyday tasks themselves without some help. The help you give could be shopping, making meals, doing the laundry, or perhaps you help out with nursing care, e.g. giving medication or lifting someone up and downstairs or in and out of bed. Maybe you give your time just to be with someone when they need company.

How many young carers are there?

  • There are about 700,000 young carers in the UK
  • That’s about 1 in 12 secondary aged pupils
  • There are likely to be young carers in every school and college.

What might a young carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions
  • Helping to give medicine
  • Helping someone communicate
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up. It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence. Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress

  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role
  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role
  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.

If you think you or someone you know at school is a young carer and not coping, please tell your child’s form tutor, their year team or anyone from the Wellbeing Team in school.

Our Young Carers are supported in school by our Senior Designated Lead for Young Carers, our Operational Lead for Young Carers, our Wellbeing Team and Signpost Young Carers. We hold termly group meet ups for young carers in school and can facilitate individual support from Signpost Young Carers in school for our student

Help and Resources

There are some useful websites, pages and parental booklets for support here. If there are any issues you need specific further help or resources for, please contact a member of the wellbeing team.
Students – please go to the Student Wellbeing section on our Pastoral Hub. All student booklets can be found there.


The booklets have been created by our wellbeing team to offer guidance based on research and materials from outside agencies. If you have any further concerns, please contact your GP or a mental health professional.

Parents and Carers Useful Resources

Our Community - Our Future
Marple Hall School
Hill Top Drive
Stockport SK6 6LB Headteacher: Mr Joe Barker
Tel: 0161 427 7966
Fax: 0161 426 0931
Email: info@marplehall.stockport.sch.uk
Safeguarding: safeguarding@marplehall.stockport.sch.uk