At St Matthew’s CE Academy, we aim to promote positive mental health for every member of our school community, children, staff, parents and carers.


Staff available to support

Staff to Support

Tracy Young

Tracy Young


Nichola Parkinson

Nichola Parkinson

Family Support Officer, Deputy DSL and ELSA trained

Mark Mackley

Mark Mackley

Headteacher and back-up DSL

Nasrin Shaikh

Nasrin Shaikh

Assistant Headteacher and Mental Health Lead

Jo May

School Nurse
0330 247 0040

What is mental health?

We all have mental health. Your mental health affects how you feel, think and act. It refers to your emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Your mental health can change on a daily basis and over time, and can be affected by a range of factors. Mental health refers to the ability to function and deal with daily life and everything it represents.

The phrase ‘mental health’ is often thought to refer to mental health problems. It is the case, however, that everyone has mental health.  People have times when their mental health is good and also times when it isn’t.  Mental health can vary over time, just like physical health.

It’s important to look after your mental health, as you would look after your physical health. Your state of wellbeing affects how you cope with stress, relate to others and make choices. It also plays a part in your relationships with your family, community, colleagues and friends.

If you have any concerns relating to mental health, you can contact your school’s safeguarding team for support or signposting to additional help.


Children’s mental health – Every Mind Matters – NHS Mental health for children, teenagers and young adults - NHS (

When children and young people have good levels of wellbeing it helps them to:


•          learn and explore the world

•          feel, express and manage positive and negative emotions

•          form and maintain good relationships with others

•          cope with, and manage, change, setbacks and uncertainty

•          develop and thrive.

When children and young people look after their mental health and develop their coping skills it can help them to boost their resilience, self-esteem and confidence. It can also help them learn to manage their emotions, feel calm, and engage positively with their education - which can, in turn, improve their academic attainment.