At Western Primary School we recognise that, nationwide, one in ten children between the age of five and sixteen years, (that's three in every class!) may experience mental health challenges.
In school, we are able to offer counselling for children who are experiencing or have experienced bereavement, family breakdown, domestic violence, trauma, anxiety, body dysmorphia, anorexia and other life challenges. The importance of working through, and processing difficulties at an early age, means that children are less likely to suffer mental health difficulties in later life.
A positive counselling model is the basis of the therapeutic work taking place. It facilitates processing, develops a child's resilience and enables them to find a way to manage their world. Sessions take place weekly in the confidential space of 'The Retreat' where children feel safe. There is a wide range of creative media available including sand tray work, clay, kinetic sand, drawing, small world, puppets, books and games.
Referrals- A parent or guardian can contact the Inclusion Team to discuss their concerns and talk through the appropriate emotional level of support. Sometimes a class teacher or member of staff may have concerns and they will contact the Inclusion Team who will then contact parents/ carers. Pupils may also self-refer, at all times parent/ carers' permission will be sought.
Please contact the school office who will be happy to answer any queries or provide copies of any of the information displayed on the school's website. We also welcome any feedback you may have. You can contact or find us using any of the details shown on this page.
Western Primary School, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 0NA
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