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Keeping Healthy

St. Dunstan’s is committed to promoting healthy living for all of our pupils – this is an important part of our mission to provide a well-rounded education that prepares pupils for their future.

As part of this commitment, we follow the Surrey Healthy Schools approach. This approach applies evidenced based practice, promoting positive physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing, and identifies 5 key themes:
Surrey Healthy Schools
  1. Whole School Approach towards the Promotion of Positive Health and Wellbeing.
  2. Personal, Health, Social, Economics, Education (PHSE) Curriculum (including health and wellbeing, relationships, sex, drug, staying safe and financial capability education)
  3. Healthy eating (including cooking and healthy eating in the curriculum, food provision - school meals, packed lunches, pre and post school club food, provision and cooking clubs)
  4. Physical activity (including physical education and school sport)
  5. Emotional well being and mental health

Whole School Approach towards the promotion of positive health and wellbeing

At St. Dunstan’s we use a whole school approach towards promoting positive health and wellbeing through our curriculum – especially our PE and EPR curriculum, our extra-curricular opportunities, food in school policy and approach. This is also carefully linked to our faith and seeing the human body as a gift from God - therefore something to respect and take care of.

Personal, Health, Social, Economic Education (PSHE)

For information regarding how we incorporate healthy living into our curriculum, please see our EPR (Education in Personal Relationships) page that can be found here .

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

At St. Dunstan’s we encourage pupils to eat healthily e.g. through the expectation that a break time snack is a fresh piece of fruit or vegetable, ensuring the school meals provide a healthy diet for the children, regular suggestions of ideas for a healthy lunch box and through elements of the curriculum such as Design and Technology (specifically Cooking and Nutrition) and Science – details of how the curriculum supports healthy living can be found on the D&T and Science pages of the website that can be found here.

Useful websites:

Surrey County Council information re. school lunches

Our school meal provider, Twelve15

School milk provider

BBC Good Food: School packed lunch inspiration

NHS Change4Life: Healthier lunchbox recipes and NHS about Change4Life

NHS Healthy Start Scheme

Tesco Real Food: Lunch box ideas for kids

Emotional wellbeing and Mental Health

Mental Health

Over the course of their education, children spend over 7,800 hours at school.

With such a huge amount of time spent in the classroom, our school provides an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing and identifying early behaviour changes and signs of mental distress. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.

Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programs in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.

The Anna Freud Centre has a really useful website and leaflet for parents to help you talk to your children about mental health:

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/advice-for-parents-and-carers-talking-mental-health-with-young-people-at-primary-school/

Leaflet: https://www.annafreud.org/media/11396/tmh-parent-leaflet-final-web-updated-by-ed-april-2020.pdf

What are we doing as a school to support children with their health and emotional wellbeing?

Kids Matter

We recognise that children need to know that they matter, that we value them, that their voice can be heard, that we can help them, that we will be here for them. We acknowledge them every day through greetings, a gesture, a nod, a smile and a conversation.

We talk about the power of 'I know', 'I appreciate', 'I understand' - to children some things are huge, and we need to recognise this and affirm their feelings for that thing - be it a scratch they have, a funny feeling in their tummy, a sad feeling because of a falling out, a sigh because they cannot do something - we need to set aside our 'rush' to teach and ensure progress and attainment and ensure that we have done our best to support our children to be ready to learn - emotionally available. We do this at all levels - leadership to office staff, teachers to midday supervisors. 

Teaching staff have received training with the CAMHS Primary Mental Health Team through TAMHS (Targeted Mental Health in Schools) around issues such as mental health and anxiety.

What is mental health?

‘Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.’

You may find this website helpful: www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health

Mental health can incur negative perceptions, however mental health is a continuum, you can be mentally well or mentally unwell.

Continuum of mental health and wellbeing

Risk and Protective factors for Children and Young People's Mental Health

Risk Factors

Supporting your child to develop good resilience (the ability to bounce back from adverse situations) will support your child’s mental health. You can find out more about resilience and how to help your child build their resilience here.

Useful websites:

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD

Eating Disorders

Centre for Mental health

Childhood Development - Understanding Childhood

YoungMinds - Mental Health and YoungMinds - Mental Health Medication

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

MIND - Mental Health

e-learning to support healthy minds

Suicide Prevention

Place2be - Improving children's mental health

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Mix Mental Health

National Autistic Society - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Other useful organisations:

The freedom program - Oasis - Touching peoples lives

Surrey Young Carers

My Time for Young Carers

Catch 22

Relate Young Person Counselling Services


Surrey Children's Social Services

Surrey Youth Support Services

Assessment, Consultation, Therapy

Domestic Abuse

Useful books and resources:

  • Helping Your Anxious Child by Rapee, Spence, Cobham and Wignall
  • What To do When You … (WORRY too much), (GRUMBLE), (TEMPER flares up), (DREAD YOUR BED), (BRAIN GETS STUCK), (MISTAKES make you quake) (think its UNFAIR) or (BAD HABBITS take hold)– A Kids Guides To Overcoming Anxiety, Nativity, Anger, Sleep, OCD, Perfectionism, Unfairness & Bad Habits by Dawn Huebner
  • 1,2,3 Magic Parenting Strategies by Thomas Phelan
  • Helping your child with fears and worries, Second edition by Cathy Creswell and Lucy Willetts
  • Overcoming Your Childs Shyness and Social Anxiety a self-help guide to CBT techniques by Cathy Creswell and Lucy Willetts
  • Relax Kids - Aladdin’s Magic Carpet by Marnita Vegas
  • The Whole Brain Child by Dr Daniel Siegel
  • The Brain by David Eagleman


Bereavement and Loss

If your family has suffered a bereavement, separation or loss please let us know so that we can provide your child with support.  Mrs O'Donovan, Leader of Inclusion, oversees the pastoral needs of children in the school and would be your best point of contact.  They can be contacted via the school office.

Rainbows Within the school, we run a program called Rainbows which is a support group for children who has experienced a significant loss in their lives.  This may be due to the death of a loved one, or family breakdown/separation.  This program helps children cope with their grief and feel less alone but it is not counselling.  If you would like further information regarding the Rainbows programme, please contact Mrs O'Donovan, Leader of Inclusion.

You may also find these links helpful:

Winston's Wish - Giving hope to grieving children

Jigsaw South East - Supporting children through the loss of a loved one

Childhood Bereavement Network - The hub for those supporting bereaved children

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

We are very lucky to have a trained member of staff in school who is an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant).

What is an ELSA?

An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant with a wealth of experience of working with children.  ELSAs are trained and regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists in your local education authority.  An ELSA is a warm and caring person who wants to help your child feel happy in school and to reach their potential educationally.  Their aim is to remove the barriers to learning and to have happy children in school and at home.

What might an ELSA help a child with?

  • Loss and bereavement
  • Self- esteem
  • Social skills
  • Emotions
  • Friendship issues
  • Relationships
  • Anger Management
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Conflict
  • Relaxation techniques

How do ELSA sessions work?

Our ELSA works in different ways with children - from individual sessions to group sessions or just checking in with a child.  The sessions will happen in a timetabled session.  If the school feels your child could benefit from ELSA support, this would be discussed with you.  The ELSA sessions are confidential unless there is a safeguarding concern or the child chooses to share about the sessions with their family or friends.

If you would like to find out more about ELSA support, please contact our SENDCO via the school office or email senco@stdunstans.surrey.sch.uk


Our school nurse works very closely with the school to support staff, pupils and families with aspects of health and well-being.

They also work closely with the Inclusion Leader to support families who have children with specific needs and require care plans to meet their needs.

NHS Children's Health Surrey - School Nurses

Useful Information


NHS 111

Medical advice app: The HANDi app
Have you heard of the NHS app HANDi?  The HANDi app aims to provide advice and support to parents and carers when your child is unwell.  The Handi app offers simple and straightforward advice, for the following conditions in children: diarrhea and vomiting, high temperature, 'chesty baby' illnesses, such as bronchiolitis, asthma, croup and abdominal pain. 

The signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children usually develop quickly, and may include:
  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination, possibly bed-wetting in a toilet-trained child
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability or behaviour changes
  • Fruity-smelling breath

Asthma: asthma up

Anaphylaxis:  Anaphylaxis Campaign - Supporting people at risk of severe allergies 

Allergies: Allergy UK - Information, advice, conditions and symptoms

Weight management

Be Your Best
Be Your BestBe Your Best is Surrey’s family weight management service. They are now running virtual sessions and welcoming referrals.

In these uncertain, stressful times where many of us are staying at home with families and adjusting to new routines, Be Your Best feel the support they can offer families will be vital. In light of COVID-19, they are currently offering guidance on dealing with a new routine, keeping everyone occupied, keeping active and healthy (both mentally and physically), and away from the food cupboards - which sure is an issue facing lots of us!

Be Your Best is a FREE service for families with children aged 0-11 who are struggling with their weight. The programme is being delivered in partnership with Children and Family Health Surrey and with the University of Surrey Dietetics Department. Families can expect to receive support on a whole host of lifestyle topics from portion sizes and food labels to being a good role model and overcoming barriers.

For information on a healthy lifestyle programme or if you are concerned over a child’s weight, you can visit the Be Your Best website or call 01483 517005 or email BeYourBeset@surreycc.gov.uk

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