Mental Wellbeing

Here at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, we put students first to raise standards and transform lives. Creating a supportive environment where our students feel happy and able to flourish underpins everything we do.

We have created a new website which provides a comprehensive range of services for our students and parents to access to support them and their mental wellbeing. To visit, please click on the link below:

Outwood Grange Academies Trust Mental Wellbeing Strategy

Sources Of Support


  • Friends and family
  • Learning Manager
  • Teachers

Learning Managers


Lead Learning Manager - James Colliver

Email: Telephone: 0114 235 8120 Ext: 209

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Year 7 - Rachael Boyden

Email: Telephone: 0114 2358210 Ext 208

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Year 8 - Samantha Simpson

Email: Telephone: 0114 235 8120 Ext: 289

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Year 9 - Huw Edwards

Email: Telephone: 0114 235 8120 Ext: 210

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Year 10 - Andy Stevens

Email: Telephone: 0114 235 8120 ext. 207

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Year 11 - Paige Unwin

Email: Telephone: 0114 235 8120 Ext: 211

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What Is A Mental Health Problem?

A mental illness is a health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves and interacts with other people.

Helpful Resources & Links

The Five Ways To Wellbeing


Take Notice

It is easy to rush through daily life without stopping to notice much. Paying attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts, feelings and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.

  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your friends are feeling or acting
  • Take a different route on your journey to and from school

Be Active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-placed activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well as providing some level of exercise.

  • Walk to school with a friend so you can ‘connect’
  • Take the stairs, not the lift
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to school
  • Organise a sporting activity with your friends
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
  • Do some ‘easy exercise’ like stretching before you leave for school in the morning


Continued learning though life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

  • Find out something about your classmates
  • Attend a new enrichment activity
  • Read a book
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word


There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. It is clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

  • Talk to someone instead of sending a text, email or interacting through social media
  • Ask your classmates about their weekend and really listen when they tell you
  • Put five minutes aside to find out how someone really is

Give Back

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research show that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

MindEd for Families

MindEd for Families is intended to support parents and those caring for children and young people in their family when they are concerned about a young person’s mental health or well-being. For more information, support and guidance please click the button below:


Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Local Offers & Providers

To access any of the support providers listed below, please contact your child’s Learning Manager at the academy who will, where necessary, make a referral or provide you with the contact details.

Mental Health

  • Door 43 – youth information advice and counselling service
  • Family Action – ADHD support group
  • Golddigger Trust – wellbeing projects, extra-curricular community activities and 1:1 mentoring
  • Interchange – counselling and psychotherapy
  • Multi-Agency Support Teams (MAST)
  • Samaritans – developing emotional awareness and listening
  • SToRMS – suicide awareness and prevention
  • Young Women’s Housing Project Sexual Abuse Support Service – group work and 1:1 sessions on self-esteem, wellbeing and coping


  • CRUSE – bereavement counselling
  • Samaritans – practical support following bereavement by suicide
  • Golddigger Trust – wellbeing projects, extra-curricular community activities and 1:1 mentoring

Body Image & Self-Esteem

  • South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association – 1:1 talking therapies, occupational therapy, complimentary therapy and support groups
  • Golddigger Trust – ’I’m The Girl I Want To Be’ and ‘Made of More’ self-esteem and healthy relationships courses, 1:1 mentoring and ‘SISU’ controlling emotions course


  • SAYit – LGBT+ support
  • Interchange – counselling and psychotherapy
  • Golddigger Trust – 1:1 mentoring

Eating Disorders

  • South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association – 1:1 talking therapies, occupational and complimentary therapies, and support groups
  • Golddigger Trust – 1:1 mentoring


  • SAYit – LGBT+ support
  • Interchange – counselling and psychotherapy

Young Carers

  • Sheffield Young Carers – 1:1 sessions, after-school groups and holiday activities, and family support

Student Wellbeing Resources