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At Ardley Hill Academy, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of all our children and their families.

We have a supportive and caring ethos and our approach is respectful and kind, where each individual and contribution is valued.

At our school we know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play. 

Our Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Michelle Slough

Pupil welfare support - Sharon Marr

Pastoral Support worker - Anna Dunne

At our school we: 

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better

  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries 
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships. 
  • promote self-esteem and ensure children know that they count. 
  • encourage children to be confident and REACH their full potential 
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks   
  • teach children to manage their emotions through 'Zones of regulation'

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ChatHealth: for young people aged 11-19 TEXT 07507 331450

ChatHealth is a similar service for young people to confidentially ask for help about a range of issues or make an appointment with a school nurse. Young people can also find out how to access other local services including emotional support or sexual health services.

For more information please visit: www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/Bedfordshire/services/school-nursing/chathealth-bedfordshire or watch our short animation: https://vimeo.com/507047916/7266be3f14

ChatHealth is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm. Parents, carers and young people can send a text anonymously to a dedicated number from any type of mobile phone.