“One in ten children and young people ages 5 to 16 has a clinical mental health disorder, and around one in seven has less severe problems” – Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, DfE, March 2016.
In April 2016 Castle Rock High School appointed a Mental Health Professional in order to enable all of our students to be the best they can be.
- Mental Health Professional : Mr David Perkins
Tel : 01530 834368
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Perkins links directly with the Senior Leadership Team and is part of our Care and Guidance Team that is overseen by one of our Deputies, Mr M Rowbottom.
Mr Perkins’ role within the school is based around four key principles, as outlined in the DfE Guidance, “Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools”, March 2016:
- Promoting Positive Mental Health
- Referral and Commissioning
At the start of the Academic Year, all students complete a questionnaire to broadly assess their mental wellbeing. The outcomes inform: lessons, assemblies and interventions that include positive classroom management, counselling, one-to-one work, small group work and working with parents.
To further enhance this process, Mr Perkins sits in on our weekly Care and Guidance Meetings where students experiencing challenges are discussed and monitored. He will accept referrals for a mental health assessment. This could lead to direct input from Mr Perkins or referral to another agency.