Health and Wellbeing

Saint Benedict CVA is committed to supporting the health and well being of all of our pupils.

We work together as a community to support each other and help to address many of the concerns that young people are faced with in modern Britain.

Together with a supportive Pastoral Team, the Safeguarding staff are always available to discuss concerns related to health and well being, and our open door policy allows pupils to feel safe and at ease in sharing their worries. This page is has been developed to further support pupils and parents in offering further guidance specifically related to health and well being.

Mental Wellbeing

As a school we promote the work conducted by agencies such as The NSPCC and Young Minds in supporting young people in managing and living with mental health conditions. We talk openly and honestly as a school in all aspects of mental health and are proud to support our young people.

Current Concerns

Many pupils will be feeling anxious regarding the return to school and there will be lots of change happening that they may find difficult to cope with. Attached its a great resource for parents to access to support children during such uncertain times. There are practical tips of things that you can do to support your children during this time.

Anxious about Covid-19(opens in new tab)

Coping with Change(opens in new tab)

Parent Leaflets

The following leaflets are available from Young Minds to offer practical advice in supporting the mental health of your children. Click on the icons below to access these information guides. Access to more information and links to external agencies can be found on our dedicated A-Z of Support Page.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Mental health support free line telephone number 0800 028 0077

Young Minds Home Page

Help with issues concerning young people.

Physical Well Being

The physical health and well being of our pupils is of equal importance. Pupils recieve a well balanced curriculum in both Key stage 4 and 5 Physical Education that aims to prepare them for an healthy active lifestyle beyond their school days. We promote healthy lifestyles as part of the pastoral curriculum and regular topics on healthy eating help to promote the balanced lifestyle we wish to promote.

Parents Guide to Screen Time

NHS Eat Well Guide

Sleep Tips for Teenagers from The NHS

NHS Guide to Physical Activity

NHS Couch to 5k

CAFCASS Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Cafcass represents children in family court cases in England Home – Cafcass – Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
CAMHS Child and Adolescent mental health Service Mental health support for child severely affected by MH issues Children’s mental health services (CAMHS) – Derby and southern Derbyshire :: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk)
Catch 22 Catch 22 A holistic, whole family approach focusing on improving outcomes for children up to 18 years of age who are identified as or at risk of being exploited Derby and Derbyshire C.A.R.E.S (Children at Risk of Exploitation Service) – Catch22 (catch-22.org.uk)

BSM (action for children)



Building Sound Minds The Service is a comprehensive early intervention service for children and young people aged 0-17 who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties Make a referral | Action for Children



Addiction Drug and alcohol support Drugs and alcohol support for young people – Derby :: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk)

Love 4 life



Self Esteem/ confidence building/children at risk of exploitation. Empowering young people – female pupils. 1:1 intervention. About Love4Life
SV2 Sexual violence For victims of sexual violence SV2 – Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence – Home
Safe and sound Staying safe Child exploitation – working with children to help them understand the risks of exploitation. 1:1 intervention. Home – SAFE AND SOUND (safeandsoundgroup.org.uk)
Action for Children We protect and support children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support. We ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives. https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/
Enthusiasm Help with anger and self esteem For young people who have become socially isolated and vulnerable within their community for various reasons, including deprivation, disadvantage and unemployment Speak to SG team/Kate Stirling
Treetops For students who have experienced bereavement Just like adults, children and young people who have lost someone important may find themselves struggling with a powerful range of emotions. Counselling and Emotional Support Service for children and young people dealing with bereavement – Treetops Hospice
The Laura Centre Bereavement Support Support for children who have been bereaved and parents who have been bereaved due to the death of a child. https://thelauracentre.org.uk/
Kooth Online mental wellbeing community Free, safe and anonymous support for mental health Home – Kooth
Mermaids LQBTQ+ support

Helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families since 1995


Homepage – Mermaids (mermaidsuk.org.uk)
Derby LGBT+ Support Service providing LGBT+ support within Derby https://www.derbyshirelgbt.org.uk/
SENDIASS The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) offer information, advice and support for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This service is also offered directly to young people SENDIASS | Home | KIDS
Catharsis Arts based therapies

Catharsis (Therapeutic) – arts based therapies


Catharsis Creative Arts Therapy – Derby



Supporting families living in Derby

Empowering disabled children and young adults – providing support and activities.


Children’s emotional well-being is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health helps them develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
  • going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
  • taking part in local activities.

At Saint Benedict CVA we aim to promote good mental health and wellbeing for our students.

We aim to develop protective factors by being a community in which all:

  • are respected
  • have a sense of belonging and feel safe
  • are able to talk openly with trusted adults
  • see good mental health as something to be valued and nurtured


We want all members of our community to:

  • feel confident in themselves
  • be able to express a range of emotions appropriately
  • be able to make and maintain positive relationships with others
  • cope with the challenges of everyday life
  • manage times of stress and deal with change
  • thrive and achieve


We aim to achieve this through:

  • living out our school missions statement ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.’
  • our Personal Development Curriculum
  • awareness raising (wellbeing assemblies, tips for good mental health)
  • listening to our students
  • gaining insights via student voice
  • working in partnership with parents/carers where there are concerns about mental health
  • signposting sources of external help and advice
  • making referrals and working with external agencies to provide additional support to those who need it
  • using our on site counsellor service to support students
  • recognising the importance of staff mental health and wellbeing.
  • modelling healthy attitudes and habits

Mental Health Week

6-12 February 2023

Click here for more information