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mental health & wellbeing

Crookhorn College is fully committed to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for all. Our whole College ethos is built on the three strands of the CORNERSTONES, OPEN MIND and GO WEST and it is GO WEST that is most relevant here. GO WEST is how we look after ourselves, focusing on the simple strategy of Walking; Eating; Sleeping; Talking.

Through the College’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Action Plan we aim to:

  • Foster a whole College culture of promoting positive conversations about mental health.
  • Develop the use of a common language to address mental health issues and tackle stigma.
  • Increase and improve students’ awareness and experiences of mental health information, support and services.
  • Highlight where support is available to the whole College community including students, parents/carers and staff.


The College’s Mental Health Support Team, led by Miss Bishop (Assistant Headteacher - Senior Mental Health Lead & DSL), is made up of:

  • Tracey McCaw (Vulnerable Student Support Manager & DSL)
  • Miss Cromey (Child Protection Manager & College Counsellor)
  • Mrs Brown (Pastoral Support Officer)
  • Mrs Wishart (Attendance & EBSA Family Support Worker).

The team also works very closely with our SEN and Resilience Room teams, as well as the Heads of House and the rest of the College pastoral team.

The College’s work in supporting mental health is worthy of dissemination across the County.

LLPR visit report – Jan 2023


The support provided by the College’s Welfare Prefects is invaluable. They support in the GO WEST & Mental Health Year 7 Smart Start sessions and SLT assemblies throughout the year. In visiting all Year 7 students from their House during Tutor Time in the Autumn term, they enable our new students to put faces to names, share anything that might be troubling them as well as giving them the opportunity to ensure they know how to use our itslearning ‘I Need Support’ button.

Throughout the year, the Welfare Prefects also check in with a range of other students and regularly review the itslearning support pages. They also revisit each Tutor Group at least once a term to remind the students of the support available and to give them another opportunity to raise any concerns they may have.


The ‘Keeping You Safe at Crookhorn College’, ‘Promoting Positive Mental Health’ and ‘LGBTQ+’ pages featured on our College learning platform ‘itslearning’ mean that our students know where they can access a wealth of online guidance and support at any time.

The itslearning ‘I Need Support’ button also means that our students can request support at the click of a button and know that a member of the College pastoral team will follow this up with them at the first possible opportunity.


Being able to access specialist support from external agencies, and the wealth of experience and expertise they can offer, is another vital part of our drive to promote positive mental health for all. The College works closely with our colleagues from the Havant Mental Health Support Team, Havant & East Hands MIND (Lighthouse Project/Safehaven), Southern Health School Nursing Team, Off The Record, Motiv8, Y Services and Stop Domestic Abuse and are always looking for ways to further build on these relationships in supporting our whole College community.

Teams from both MIND and the Mental Health Support Team deliver assemblies in College and set up stands at our parents’ evenings for our families to find out more. The Mental Health Support Team continue to support the College pastoral team and have delivered a number of parent/carer workshops in College too.

Links to external support:


Following the College's participation in this year's Walktober, we were delighted to receive the news that, of the 177 schools and settings involved, we had a winner for the second year running!

By submitting her winning Challenge Card entry, Year 7 student Bella has scooped herself £15 worth of Love2Shop vouchers, the geography card game 'Mapominoes', and a range of My Journey Hampshire stationery. We presented Bella with her prize in her House assembly this morning, along with the message to all that "you've got to be in it to win it!"

As part of the College's GO WEST strategy for how we look after ourselves (Walking - Eating - Sleeping - Talking), we know that keeping active can help increase self-esteem and improve our mental wellbeing and mood. Very well done to Bella and what perfect timing to be able to present her with her prize at the start of this year's Children's Mental Health Week.


The #BeeWell project is a national youth-centred programme aiming to ensure that youth wellbeing becomes a priority. The project began in Manchester in 2019 and the College is proud to have been one of the pathfinder schools in the second stage of its rollout to Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton in the Summer term of 2023.

In Autumn 2023, our Year 8 and Year 10 students completed the #BeeWell survey with the College’s response rate being one of the highest in the region. In February 2024, the College received its personalised report which is now being used to inform our next steps. Alongside our in-house action planning, two of our Year 10 students are also currently involved in the #BeeWell Young Researchers Programme working with researchers from the University of Manchester in their analysis of the national findings and six students from across the Year Groups are now involved in the #BeeWell Youth Steering Group.  

Latest Events

Year 10 Health & Wellbeing Roadshow

Year 10 Health & Wellbeing Roadshow

Supporting Children's Mental Health Week 2024

Supporting Children's Mental Health Week 2024

Mental health awareness day

Mental health awareness day

Promoting positive mental health for all!

Promoting positive mental health for all!