SEMH

Your child is a valued member of St Bernard’s family and we want every child to have a happy experience during their time at St Bernard’s. We acknowledge that every child is unique, and that at various points and for a variety of reasons, may need additional support to maintain good emotional and mental health.


Our Mission Statement states that Christ is our Teacher. The Catholic Ethos runs through every aspect of school life and we have a large team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support the emotional needs of every student, so that each student can reach their full potential and live life to the full.

We ensure that every student is nurtured, supported, respected and listened to. St Bernard’s Inclusion Team offer various types of support, including: 

  • Mentoring and support from the Heads of House
  • Students are supported both academically and pastorally in lesson by either the teacher, or, if needed, an SSA.
  • Form Tutor support – First port of call in the morning to prepare our students for the day
  • Positive Discipline hour gives Tutors the time to speak to their tutees and offer support where needed.
  • 2 in-school counsellors for students who require enhanced support (individual or group sessions)
  • Mediation and Positive Problem Solving (PPS)
  • Tammy Neale - School Chaplain offers spiritual and emotional support
  • Rainbows counselling for children who are struggling with bereavement
  • Mindfulness offered as a part of our enrichment programme
  • PSHE curriculum includes mental health topics in order to raise awareness and understanding and provide strategies for developing positive emotional health and wellbeing and managing mental health
  • CPD for staff around “Emotion Coaching”
  • Specialist Nurture Group and Breakfast Club to build resilience and confidence
  • SEMH intervention - Sensibility
  • Constructive links with outside support and specialist agencies (e.g. school nurse, CAMHS, Barnardos, NSPCC, Early Help, Amy Winehouse Foundation, SENDIASS) to provide interventions for those with mental health problems

If you have any concerns about your child’s emotional or mental wellbeing, we advise that you contact your GP in the first instance. Please then contact your child’s Head of House, who will look at a support package within school. The website below will signpost you to the support that’s available in Rotherham:
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