Mental Health and Well-Being

At Bramcote College, we know that good mental health and well-being is a key priority for both students and staff alike, as underpinned by the ‘be well’ element of our school motto.  Bramcote College is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people and we understand how important. We believe in teamwork; working with each other, with teachers and colleagues across the school, with the wider school community and most importantly with the young people in our school. We act with determination.

Whatever issues our students, their families, the school, our team or the community face, we always support, react and pull together. Finally, we are committed to making a difference; we are not passive players in young people’s lives but active participants who can and do make a real difference. These are a reflection of the school’s curriculum intent statement and core values, in particular ‘Work Hard’, ‘Be Well’ and ‘Do Well’.

Our moral purpose can therefore be summarised below -

Mental Health Definition

“Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

World Health Organisation, 2018

What supporting Positive Mental Health means to us:

  • The child stays at the centre of every conversation.
  • We prioritise those who need our help most, but we promote positive mental health with everyone.
  • We embedded social, emotional and mental health awareness across the curriculum.
  • Children and young people are taught skills to build resilience and manage everyday stressors.
  • Staff wellbeing, resilience and mental health is a key focus.
  • We have a highly trained Pastoral Team who lead on evidence-based practice for all our interventions.

How we ensure best practice:

  • Notes are kept up to date.
  • Staff read and understand section one of Keeping Young people Safe in Education.
  • Staff know our behaviour, mental health and well-being, attendance and safeguarding policies and protocols.
  • The wider school community has an active voice about mental health and well-being.
  • We monitor mental health and well-being interventions and adjust were necessary.
  • All staff have training and the option of supervision to effectively support student mental health and well-being.
  • We have a qualified school counsellor to support students.
  • We work closely with the CAMHS MHST staff in school to support students.
  • Speaking to each other with courtesy, respect and empathy is essential.

We also recognise the importance of regularly signpost students and parents to other agencies as required; please see links below:


General Support:

CAMHS/MHST Self-Referral

Parents and young people are able to make a referral without the need for it to be done through school.

CAMHS Self-referral (


Be U Notts is a free, accessible and convenient mental health and emotional wellbeing support service for people between 0-25 years of age and their parent and carers.

Be U Support | Free Mental Health Service for Children and Young People​


Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Childline deals with any issues which cause distress or concern.


Kooth is an anonymous site which helps children and young people to feel safe and confident in exploring their concerns and seeking professional support.


NottAlone is a dedicated website providing information and support for young people’s mental health across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County.


Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text support service for anyone in the UK who is struggling to cope. To start a conversation, text the word 'SHOUT' to 85258.


YoungMinds is a national charity which works to promote the mental health of children.  Through our confidential Parents Information Service, we offer help over the telephone to parents who are worried about the emotional well-being of a child.


Self-harm support


Calm Harm is intended to help adolescents regulate their emotions and work through overwhelming feelings without harming themselves.

Home - Calm Harm App

Eating disorder support


Beat provides Helplines for people of all ages, offering support and information about eating disorders no matter where you are in your journey. These Helplines are free to call from all phones. 

The UK's Eating Disorder Charity - Beat