Here at Flegg High Ormiston Academy we understand that the wellbeing of our students is key to their academic progress and vital to ensure a happy and successful adult life. The Academy promotes the wellbeing of our students by offering a wide range of support for our students and families. Below are some examples.
EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH WORK – Flegg High Ormiston Academy has been proactive in piloting a project with the NHS. We have a SYSTEMIC THERAPIST onsite 4 days a week. Through a referral process from Flegg High Ormiston Academy staff the therapist typically works directly with students, and sometimes their families too. The support helps with a variety of mental, emotional, social and family issues.
THE RAMP - Raising attainment through mentoring programme. This programme is run by our teaching staff works on the basis that to live happier and more successful lives, we need to better manage our emotions. Managing our emotions is an everyday challenge. In order to understand our behaviors, for better or for worse, we first need to understand where our impulsive and inherent instincts come from. To be able to learn effectively and make academic progress we need to master appropriate behaviour for learning. Key staff offer 1 to 1 or small group interventions with identified students, and their progress is tracked and monitored.
BOOST - The GFS (Girl Friendly Society) offer regular sessions providing a space for young women to meet and share experiences in a relaxed, `girls-only` environment. They host a range of workshops and activities at the Academy for girls and young women. During the difficult transition from childhood and adolescence to young adulthood, the sessions offer opportunities for developing confidence, self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and resilience to enable them to fulfill their potential and live as independent women.
KEYWORKERS – Our Student Services, Inclusion Manager and Pastoral Support workers offer appropriate support and signposting to students and their families regarding: Mental health services and resources; CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection); FSP (Family Support Process); The Matthew Project (a charity based in Norfolk and Suffolk working in innovative ways with adults, young people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol.); Nelsons Journey ( child bereavement help for Norfolk).
BUSHCRAFT – These weekly sessions help young people to learn about the environment, about themselves, and provide focus on how to interact with peers. Other key attributes developed in the programme include: building self-esteem; communication; problem-solving skills; self-confidence and motivation.
SCHOOL NURSE – Our school nurse is available daily and we have access to visits from the NHS nurse. The School Nurse`s activities include:
- Health, development and behavioural advice and support to children, young people and their parents / carers on a range of issues.
- A staff and student self-referral system of appointments at Flegg High Ormiston Academy (support and advice is given on a variety of issues including self-esteem, anger management, contraception / sexual health issues, mental health, self-harm, relationships, diet, quitting smoking etc.).
- Safeguarding vulnerable children and young people which includes having close working relationships with Children's Services, health services and other agencies working with children / young people and their families.
- Providing Health Education support and advice to the Academy (Contraception and delay / keeping safe / relationships, healthy choices / healthy eating, personal hygiene and puberty etc.).
- Supporting the Academy with health policies where appropriate.
- Supporting children and young people who have medical needs requiring assistance in school, by providing support and advice to schools and signposting to specialist services as appropriate.
MANCROFT ADVICE PROJECT (MAP) - At Flegg High Ormiston Academy we have forged a supportive working relationship with MAP, who visit our academy to work with referred students. MAP have a range of services available to our students, offering a unique combination of Advice Work, Family Mediation, Youth Work and counselling. They aim to have a positive impact on young people’s mental health and on their life experiences, and get students involved in the community.
MAP supports young people to be leaders, take on responsibilities and inspire other young people through a range of programmes and projects:
- Youth Advisory Boards (YABs): MAP is the lead provider for six out of Norfolk’s seven Youth Advisory Boards, supporting young people to have a voice in their community and to ensure services and support for young people remain high on the agenda in local government.
- Youth Action Groups (YAGs): Each YAB has a number of Youth Action Groups, created by and run by young people, with MAP’s support. The YAGs focus on specific activities and issues chosen by young people.
COUNSELLING FROM MAP - Counselling is an opportunity to talk to someone in private who is independent. It’s a chance for students to talk about things that are bothering them –to express themselves in a non-judgmental, confidential space and includes counselling and advising young people about:
- Support making difficult decisions.
- Understanding and exploring thoughts and feelings.
- Worries about home or school.
- Positive activities.
- Sexual health.
Students, Teachers, Parents and Carers can find out more about any of MAP`s services by visiting the website: https://www.map.uk.net/
THE MATTHEW PROJECT - This is a youth team that works around the county with young people under the age of 25, regarding drugs, alcohol and other related issues. They visit schools, youth clubs and other youth social spaces across Norfolk to offer a creative, enthusiastic and dynamic approach to drug education. They aim to help young people understand the effects of drugs and alcohol, empowering them to make more informed choices.
Students, Teachers, Parents and Carers can find out more about any of THE MATTHEW PROJECT`s services by visiting the website: http://www.matthewproject.org/about-us/
NELSON’S JOURNEY – are a Norfolk charity that supports children and young people up to their 18th birthday that have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. They offer one to one support and opportunities to meet other children of a similar age who have also experienced bereavement.
Students, Teachers, Parents and Carers can find out more about NELSON’S JOURNEY by visiting the website: http://www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk/