Wellbeing and Mental Health

At Alsager Highfields we aim to promote positive mental health and welbeing for all our pupils. We have a dedicated team who play a vital role in supporting children and parents/carers as well as signposting on to the relevant professionals in order for children to receive the support they need. 


Our mental health and wellbeing team:

Mrs Rachel Woollam: Senior Mental Health Lead
Mrs Sara Leopold: ELSA/Family Liaison Officer

Cheshire Access Service:

Cheshire Access Service, which used to be known as CAMHS.  For anyone concerned about a child or young person (schools, GP, social services etc.), you will be able to visit the website www.mymind.org.uk to book a consultation, make a referral, access signposting materials.  There will also be a training offer and awareness raising.  

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing

Looking after your mental health is so important! In school we have adopted ‘The 5 Ways to Wellbeing’ that have been identified by the New Economics Foundation.

5 ways to wellbeing are relevant for adults as well as children! Here is some information about how you can improve wellbeing with these in mind…

5 ways to wellbeingConnect

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Keep Learning

At Alsager Highfields Primary School we believe every child has a voice.

As a staff we practice ‘active listening’, we encourage children to talk about their experiences, we listen to any issues they may have and support them with the best ways to deal with them.

All of our staff are wellbeing champions and our Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum ensures that we experience visitors and take part in national initiatives that will support healthy minds and bodies. As a school we also do lots of work on anti-bullying as well as Social, Moral, Cultural and Spiritual Development..

As part of our PSHE curriculum we learn about bullying and support children to understand the various forms of bullying and how they can deal with it. We make use of online resources, videos and team building activities to do this. We focus on ‘Respectful Relationships’ and Friendship.

We are here to help…

As always, school is your first stop if you need any support or advice, please get in touch if you need us.

Anti-Bullying alliance: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/

Heathy Minds: https://www.healthymindsforhappykids.com/

Young Minds: https://youngminds.org.uk/

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/wellbeing/wellbeing/



Emotionally Healthy Schools

Following the success of Phases 1 and 2 of  the Emotionally Healthy Schools Programme, Phase 3; The Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People’s Service will be delivered by CWP and Partners; Visyon, Clasp, Middlewich High School, Just Drop-in and Kooth.

The new service will continue to deliver the Emotionally Healthy Schools Programme over the next 2 years and through a blended approach provide individualised strategic support for schools and education settings, facing challenging situations, encouraging participation and understanding of pathways to support easy access to advice and guidance on emotional health and wellbeing. 


Local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS – OUT of Hours and CAMHS duty team remain operational as per their usual working hours:

Crewe: 01270 253841

Macclesfield: 01625 712 040 / 712 041 (0-16 years) or 01625 712 054 (16 - 19 years)

Winsford: 01606 555240 (0-16 years) or 01244 397555 (16-19 years)

The advice line is open Monday to Friday between 5pm - 10pm and on Saturdays and Sundays between 12pm - 8pm. Tel: 01244 397644


Useful Websites & Sources of Support


The Education People - Mental Health support and webinars


CBeebies Grown-ups

CBeebies Grown-ups has lots of helpful videos and tips as well as their facebook channel.


Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People


Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People Project.

The project focuses on improving resilience across schools and aims to develop teaching staff to ensure they meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of their students.



Middlewich High School - Emotionally Healthy Schools information.



Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People offer.





Lots of resources and tips in response to Covid-19 including this helpful booklet.




Free online teaching resources. Talks to young people. Freephone 116 123.



Advice and tips to support your mental health and finding ways to cope. Freephone 0800 1111

Rise Above


A website co-created and produced by young people. It aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16. Includes new mental health content adapted to COVID-19.



An app specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. It has been adapted to COVID-19 to bring self-help knowledge and skills.



Resources library with toolkits, publications, reports and policy information about children and young people's mental health. Parent helpline: 0808 802 5544



Visyon are part of the new Emotionally Healthy children and Young peoples’ service.  

They offer a range of support to schools, children and families.



Counselling, wellbeing services and support for parents and carers.


Online mental wellbeing community. Free, safe and anonymous support.


Support for those in the local community who are affected by the difficulties associated with parenting alone


Aimed at young people in Cheshire and Wirral who want to know more about emotional well-being and/or their local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).



Family Ties interventions programmes offer bespoke workshops, tailored to meet individual needs.


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