We always say speak to your mentor or your Achievement Director first as they will know you best and be able to help initially with any worries.

Wellbeing... Talk to us.

Year 7

Miss S Hayward 

Email her here

Year 8

Miss H Marks

Email her here

Year 9

Miss S Towns

Email her here

Year 10

Mr J Kirby

Email him here

Year 11

Mr R Swinnerton

Email her here

Each Year group also has a member of our Senior Leadership Team allocated to support our ADs. You will often see them in assemblies and getting involved in activities for your year group, they can also help you. Mrs Bennett is the Year 7 SLT link, Miss Flack is the Year 8 SLT link, Mrs Ingate is the Year 9 SLT link, Ms Carroll is the year 10 SLT link and Mr Patton is the Year 11 SLT link.

Our Wellbeing Team

We also have our Wellbeing Team, this team have been trained to help specifically with your Wellbeing...

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health First Aider

Ms Goodfellow

Ms Goodfellow is our Assistant Principal who oversees our pastoral system. She is also highly trained in a wide array of safeguarding issues including social, emotional and mental health. She can help put you in contact with the right people in and out of school.

You can email her on kgoodfellow@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

Mental Health First Aider

Mr Kirby

Mr Kirby is trained in Mental Health First Aid. He is also our new Achievement Director of Year 9. He can be found in his DT Teaching room or in the ADs office. He is always happy to listen and help you. 

 

You can email him at jkirby@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

Mental Health First Aider

Ms Steiger

Ms Steiger can be found in her Maths room. She is a year 9 Mentor and is trained in Mental Health First Aid. She is happy to help anytime and if you feel that email is easier for you than talking you can do so.

 

You can email her at ssteiger@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

Student Support

Ms Corbett

Ms Corbett can be found in our Student Support offices. If you need to talk to her you can find her there at break, lunch and before and after school. If you need to talk to her in the school day explain this to your teacher who will write a note in your planner.

You can also email her on lcorbett@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

Student Support

Ms Byford

Ms Byford can be found in our Student Support offices. If you need to talk to her you can find her there at break, lunch and before and after school. If you need to talk to her in the school day explain this to your teacher who will write a note in your planner.

You can also email her on dbyford@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

Student Support

Ms Sexton

Ms Sexton shares an office with Ms Byford. If you need to talk to her you can find her there at break, lunch and before and after school. If you need to talk to her in the school day explain this to your teacher who will write a note in your planner.

You can also email her on tsexton@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk

What can you do if you need to talk...

Health and wellbeing are at the heart of our school. We know that striving to be happy and successful brings with it stress, anxiety and pressure. This can affect our mental and physical health. We know our students may find it difficult to talk about mental health with us and at home sometimes. There are a number of ‘first stops’ for any student wanting support. They are...

  • Speak to your Achievement Directors, our Student Support team, Teachers, Mentors, Wellbeing Warriors or Elite Scholar Ambassadors. Whoever you are most comfortable sharing with, they will be ready to listen and help. If a conversation is hard perhaps try emailing them (emails are in the contacts section of this website); sometimes writing down our worries is easier than saying them out loud.

  • Drop in access to the Student Support Team at break and lunch (Ms Byford and Ms Sexton)

  • We have an Open Door Policy to our Mental Health First Aiders – Ms Goodfellow, Mrs Byford, Mr Kirby, Miss Steiger, Mrs Sexton and Ms Corbett.

  • We can offer one to one mentor support through Sixth Form Wellbeing Warriors, ask your mentor if you'd like one.

  • Use of the Well-being Space and Quiet Quad at break and lunch

  • Well-being Learning Sessions once per week delivered in mentor time

  • Join an after school club such as Duke of Edinburgh, Social Action, Sports, Chess, Sports, Performing Arts or Journalism – see your mentor for times. Joining new clubs and taking up a new challenge can be really good for our mental health.

  • Pop a note in the Worry Box. This is a box located in the Wellbeing Room next to Student Reception for you to put ‘Worry Notes’ into. The Worry Note is a form for you to write your worries or concerns on. These will then be read by Student Support Staff who will be able to help and give you further direction.​

 

  • Access www. kooth.co.uk. Free and confidential counselling online… anytime. Students who have used Kooth said it was good to talk to the counsellors as there was no judgement. 

Meet some of our Wellbeing Warriors

We can offer one to one mentor support through Sixth Form Wellbeing Warriors, ask your mentor if you'd like one.

Suggested Websites you might also find helpful

www.time-to-change.org.uk
www.youngminds.org.uk
www.childline.org.uk
www.kooth.com

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WELLBEING NEWSLETTER

Read our latest newsletter here...

Good News!

We achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools...

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

 

Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020, and this year’s theme is kindness. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, the week aims to raise awareness and to promote the message of good mental health for all.

 

Kindness and mental health are deeply connected. At this difficult time, we want to celebrate the many examples of exceptional kindness we are seeing through our school, as people go above and beyond to make a positive difference for the members of their school community.    

 

The Mental Health Foundation defines kindness as: “doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference”.  

 

Below you can find links to:

  1. A colouring-in sheet so students can design their own trophies at home

  2. Ideas on how to make your own Kindness Cup if you don’t have a printer at home

 

We would love to see your award of kindness.

Please share them with us at wellbeing@ormistonriversacademy.org and receive a certificate for your kindness. 

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SMSC Mentor Activity Video...

Wellbeing Space...

Essex County Council Youth Services

Click on this link for a pdf of this week's online activities for young people aged 13-19:

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Wellbeing: Self-care guide

Click on this link for a pdf of some useful guidance for taking care of yourself during lockdown:

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