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Mental Health

Our intention is that, when children leave Woodside Academy, they do so with the knowledge, understanding and emotions to be able to play an active role in today’s society. We want our children to have high aspirations, a belief in themselves and realise that anything is possible if they put their mind to it. Building resilience is our main aim working alongside the Thurrock Wellbeing services, we are installing this important life skill in all children.


  • The early indication of pupils’ needs.
  • All pupils have a weekly PSHE lesson which lasts for 1 hour.
  • Healthy eating and exercise are key attributes to delivering PSHE at Woodside. We have a variety of sporting clubs for all ages as well as cooking clubs.
  • Collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support when required
  • Staff have received wellbeing and mental health training. We have Mental Health ambassadors who are trained on looking after theirs and others wellbeing.
  • Staff have accessed Philosophy for Children training and strategies and techniques are being implemented across school. P4C builds higher order thinking, questioning, speaking and listening skills and these are incorporated into the PSHE curriculum.
  • The involvement of pupils and their parents in decision making.
  • Assemblies are planned to cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
  • Friendship / antibullying week to engage pupils in forming relationships.



At Woodside Academy we strongly believe that a meaningful curriculum and pastoral care is the key to children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults.

  • Children can approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life such as managing money, relationships, healthy eating and drugs.
  • From exposure to a range of global issues and problems, children can build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility of being a global citizen. We have strong links with the environment and our Eco award and policy reflects this.
  • Children can understand the different lifestyles that people may live and be respectful and tolerant towards those leading different lives to themselves.

Mrs Maguire is our trained senior Mental Health Specialist.