Mental Health and Well-being Strategy


The Academy Leadership, Academy Safeguarding and the Support and Guidance Teams help to create a positive culture with students and staff around all aspects of safeguarding by encouraging an ethos of professional curiosity and ‘it could happen here’ and discussing mental health and safeguarding concerns openly to encourage others to do the same.

The staff at this Academy recognise that children are often silenced by abuse and trauma and that staff play an important part in enabling children to find their voice through providing a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.

Trauma and Mental Health

At Granville Academy, we provide training on the lasting effects of trauma both to staff and students during Inset days and assemblies. This is also a regular feature in our weekly safeguarding briefings and bulletins.

The purpose of this, is to better support staff to be able to spot the signs of historic and current abuse and/or the effects of trauma.

The Support and Guidance Team are best placed to raise a concern as they are easily accessible to the students and able to offer a prompt response to an identified need and signpost on to more specialist support if required.

In addition, a number of Academy staff have received attachment training to support their knowledge and skills in this growing area of need.

Mental Health Support

Granville Academy recognises that children from time to time will have difficulties with their mental and emotional health that may be linked to other experiences past or present within their lives that may have a lasting impact.

Tier 1 Mentoring Support

1:1 support provided by a team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) and Pastoral Year Teams. This level of support is suitable and available to all students experiencing low level concerns such as low mood, low self-esteem. 

Tier 2

1:1 support provided by the Mental Health in Schools Team (NHS Midlands). The support provided will bridge the gap between the Tier 2 and Tier 3 service.  In addition, targeted support is offered through a Think For The Future Mentor.

Tier 3

1 day per week, 1:1 support will be provided by qualified British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited counsellors. Students referred will generally be referred via Tier 2 support and will require more in-depth emotional support and intervention.

If more complex issues are identified in terms of mental health parents/carers will be contacted and requested to take their child to the GP for more specialist/ targeted support.

Information of support will remain confidential unless there is reason to believe the child is at risk of significant harm, at which point it will be passed on to the designated safeguarding staff for referral.