MENTAL HEALTH & EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

At Ryburn, we believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. Prioritising the wellbeing of students and staff ensures that outstanding teaching and learning can take place, and that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. 

 

OUR SHARED VALUES

‘Everyone matters and every dream counts’

Our Shared Values underpin everything that we do. Ryburn Valley High School is a community where we want everyone to feel supported, safe and happy. 

Mental Health and emotional wellbeing is detailed as a priority in our strategic development plan, in our Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy and across the school via posters, displays, behaviour systems, school newsletters, magazines, leadership groups, drop down days and assemblies. 

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RVHS Wellbeing team

Ryburn has a fantastic, highly skilled Wellbeing Team.  The Team is there to offer additional support to students and families that may be experiencing difficulties.  The team have many expertise, including; Drawing & Talking Therapy, Counselling & Psychotherapy, Basic Mental Health support, Conflict resolution, managing challenging behaviour.  

Referrals to the Wellbeing Team is done via Heads of Year.

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NOAH’s ARK

Ryburn has established a partnership with the Noah’s Ark Centre.  Therapeutic intervention is offered to students in KS3 who are having problems with their behaviour, attendance or attainment linked to their emotional and mental health.

This therapeutic Intervention provides one to one confidential sessions and focus on the young person as an individual and what interests them. The intervention enables the young person to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours that may be causing them problems in day to day life so that they are supported in progressing with their personal goals. 

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wellbeing wednesday

Once a fortnight school finishes 1 hour earlier than normal.  This allows our students extra time to take part in physical activity, socialise with friends, gain a hobby or just relax.  Time away from school is extremely important for a child’s mental health and wellbeing.

At specific times during the year, Wellbeing Wednesdays focus the full day on a specific area linked to emotional health and wellbeing and the PSHCE school guidelines.  These drop down days include exciting activities, listening to guest speakers and being given information/teaching about life skills.


OUR LGBTQ+ GROUP

Prejudicial and discriminatory behaviour can have a profoundly negative impact on the health and emotional well-being of all members of any community. In 2017 students set up an LGBTQ+ Group to help campaign against discriminatory behaviour. Since then, the LGBTQ+ group has achieved a phenomenal amount - from speaking in assemblies, presenting at Calderdale’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing conference and at the Labour Party Conference.  They also won an award during Hebden Bridges ‘Pride Week’ and organised Ryburn’s first ever Pride Week.  

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WELLBEING MENTORS

This year, Ryburn students were selected to be part of a new mentoring initiative, focusing on supporting their peers and ensuring all young people at Ryburn feel happy and safe.   The group also runs campaigns to help raise awareness of mental health and breakdown barriers.

 

iD & iGen

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 iD/iGen Coordinators

iD/iGen Coordinators

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OUR PARTNERS

Ryburn work with a number of external organisations, work collaboratively to help support our students – CAMHS, Kooth,  Healthy Minds, Disc (branching out), Family Intervention Team, Identity LGBTQ+ Youth group and Noah’s Ark Centre to name but a few. Students benefit enormously from the involvement of these organisations and people.