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Student Wellbeing


Pathfield School recognises the vital role that social, emotional and mental health plays in supporting our pupils to feel safe and make progress in their learning.

We apply relational practice and policy to support our pupils and staff to foster positive, safe and trusting relationships. Staff have received attachment theory and trauma informed approaches training.

There may be times where a pupil needs additional help to support them to feel safe, healthy and ready to learn. We use a graduated response, utilising a range of therapeutic support to enable us to quickly respond to a pupil’s needs.

Universal Provision

PSHE Curriculum

The Patchwork curriculum is a core subject at Pathfield school. Through this teaching, pupils are taught the knowledge and skills to help them to develop and maintain positive and safe relationships; stay safe in the community and online; and learn independence skills.

This year (23 – 24) pupils in Key stage 3 and 4 will be completing the BeeWell Survey. This will help us to identify strengths and needs of our pupils mental health and well-being.

 Information for parents and carers | Kailo

Thrive (Whole Class)

A full time Thrive practitioner provides designated classes with whole group activities. These sessions are based on whole class screening results. Sessions aim to support pupils to become more emotionally resilient and better placed to engage with life and learning.

More information about Thrive can be found via the web link below:

About us | The Thrive Approach

Designated Mental Health Leads

Our Thrive practitioner and Family liaison have completed the DFE Designated Senior Mental Health Lead course. They lead on whole school initiatives that aim to support the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff.

This includes planning and delivering whole school initiatives and events which enhance and add depth to the PSHE curriculum. During Children’s Mental Health Week, there was a whole school collaborative art project.



CHROMA – Arts Therapy

Pathfield school commissions CHROMA to deliver one to one and group Arts Therapy sessions to identified pupils. The current offer for these services is:

3 days music therapy, 2 days drama therapy and 1 day art therapy.

A referral process is in place which supports teaching staff to identify pupils who may need additional support. Arts Therapy sessions are primarily offered to pupils who have experienced a recent trauma or significant change in their life. They may also be offered to pupils who need help to overcome significant barriers to their learning such as social, emotional and mental health needs; this may include support with pupils making important transitions and forming trusting relationships with others.

The CHROMA professionals work collaboratively with school staff, parents and carers, and other professionals. This includes providing staff training and support; supporting Early Help/ Child in Need/ Child in Care pupils; and providing assessment and feedback to support target setting through the annual review process.

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More information about CHROMA can be found via the web link below:

Chroma – realising potential through creativity (

THRIVE (One to One/ Small Group)

If a pupil requires additional support beyond the universal Thrive offer, the designated Thrive practitioner will work one to one with pupils to complete an intensive Thrive program.

The Thrive practitioner liaises closely with the CHROMA therapy team to ensure that work is complementary of other therapeutic support the pupils may have had or is receiving.

This process includes collaboration with parents and carers to assess a pupil’s needs and review progress.

The Thrive practitioner may also provide small group sessions for pupils who are working on shared objectives. For example, friendship groups may be used to support positive peer interactions and relationships.


We work closely with external agencies to support a pupils emotional, behavioural or mental health needs.  This is most likely to be through Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

CAMHS – Children and Family Health (


Staff Wellbeing


Staff Wellbeing – Schools Advisory Service (