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Pupil Wellbeing

What Support is available at Melbourn Village College?

At Melbourn Village College pupil and staff wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. We understand that the move from childhood to adulthood can be challenging. We will seek to support all pupils in becoming confident, capable and caring individuals as they become adult members of our community.

Mental Health Support

Our provision to support pupils with emotional wellbeing and mental health needs is headed by our Mental Health Champion. We have a pastoral team who work closely with pupils, parents and teachers to ensure that we support these needs as much as possible. We have Wellbeing Zones around the school, any staff displaying a Wellbeing Zone sign is trained to support wellbeing and signpost pupils to appropriate support.

We have school counsellors, youth workers and support for young carers. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being that are non-urgent and need advice the school has an email address which is checked daily – this is: MEL-PupilWellbeing@melbournvc.org  Pupils can also email this address to seek non-urgent support and advice.

If you feel that your child is unable to cope and is a risk to themselves or other people seek advice from 111 and dial 2 to get support from mental health teams. If you have an emergency dial 999 to get immediate support.

We work closely with Local Authorities and external partners to support young people, their families and carers. For further information on what support is available locally please see: https://www.cpft.nhs.uk/  CPFT deliver many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community such as physical, mental health and specialist services. 

Pastoral team

We have a strong pastoral team to support pupils throughout their time with us. Each child has a tutor and a head of year plus pastoral staff to support them.

In most cases if you are concerned about your child’s wellbeing you should contact your child’s tutor or email MEL-PupilWellbeing@melbournvc.org 

Key Stage 3 Support – Mrs Sage ksage@melbournvc.org

 Mrs Daly sdaly@melbournvc.org

Key Stage 4 Support Mrs Deadman cdeadman@melbournvc.org

Mrs Tidby etidby@melbournvc.org

Useful resources for parents, carers and pupils

Keep Your Head is a useful website for students in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be concerned about their own or others' mental health.

Kooth  - online service where a student could chat with a member of the team. They also have links to articles and discussion boards.

https://chathealth.nhs.uk/   - messaging service, confidential advice from trained health staff. The service is available Monday to Friday between: 9.30am to 4.00pm. Simply text 07480 635 443 to start a conversation

Keep Your Head Mental Health Service (keep-your-head.com) -  brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

www.cpft.nhs.uk/casus   Casus is the Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service, provided by the NHS Foundation Trust. CASUS provides information, support and specialist treatment in Cambridgeshire, around drug and alcohol use, to young people under 18 and their families. The website contains information on their services, including how to refer yourself, or somebody else, and lots of information and advice around drugs, alcohol, and mental wellbeing.

www.talktofrank.com - Talk to Frank this is an organisation that offers friendly and confidential advice on drugs.   Tel: 0300 123 6600 or text 82111  Website:

www.youthoria.org   Youthoria has a range of resources for managing exam stress and support available for young people in Cambridgeshire.

Click here to access a Self Harm Awareness Ebook for Parents.

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ - Beat, the UK Eating Disorders Charity. They also run a National Eating Disorders Helpline.

www.linktr.ee/SUNnetworkEatingDisorderInfo - The Sun Network supported by Cambrfidgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have produced some helpful information leaflets. 1. for those currently facing challenges around eating and 2.for parent/carers to help them care for someone with eating challenges.

LGBTQ+

We believe in equality for all our students and staff. This fits in well with our school motto of ‘Everybody is Somebody’. We have an LGBTQ+ themed school noticeboard and plan activities including Rainbow Flag LGBTQ+ training for staff, themed school Assemblies, together with discussion during tutor time and PHSCE lessons. The Pastoral team are available to support, advise and offer guidance, including Mrs Daly who is our LGBT Champion. All discussion will be treated in the utmost confidence.

The Kite Trust: local information on support for LGBTQ+ young people and their families

Mermaids: National information on support for trans-gendered students and their families 

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning fund is in place to support pupils and parents, who are experiencing genuine and unavoidable financial difficulties and to enable student’s access to support to allow them to engage with activities, resources and opportunities that their family would struggle to finance.

Applications to the fund can be made by parents and guardians by completing the Access to Learning application form.  The fund is overseen by Mr John Barnes and Mrs Caroline Deadman and each application will be treated in the strictest confidence.

This fund has been made possible by kind donations from the local community including Melbourn Parish Council, Melbourn Fete Committee, Trigg Charitable Trust and  PTFA fundraising events.

Young Carers

Melbourn Village College recognises the important role young carers play within their families' lives and the additional responsibilities this places upon them.  We are committed to meeting the needs of young carers and young adult carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils and achieve their potential. We work alongside Centre 33 Young Carers Project  Workers who support our Young Carers at Melbourn Village College.

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide or intend to provide care for another person who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or addiction problem. A young carer becomes vulnerable when their caring role risks impacting upon their emotional or physical wellbeing and their prospects in their education and life.

We are proud to have received the Young Carers Bronze Award in April 2016 and the Young Carers Silver Award in November 2016 which demonstrates how we are working to meet the needs of all young carers within our school community

Useful Contacts

Senior Leadership Team Lead for young carers: Euan Willder
Operational Lead for young carers: Sharon Daly

Centre 33 Young Carers
33 Clarendon Street,  Cambridge, CB1 1JX
Email: help@centre33.org.uk
Tel: 01223 307488
Website: www.centre33.org.uk

Carers Trust Young Carers Policy and Development Officer
4 Meadow Park, Meadow Lane, St Ives PE27 4LG
Email: care@carerstrustcambridgeshire.org
Tel: 0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090.
www.carerstrustcambridgeshire.org

First Aid and Illness

The College adheres to guidance and recommendations made in the publication ‘Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions’.

We have several trained first aiders within the school, and first aid is always available for pupils – they should ask their teacher if they can report to Reception to speak to a first aider.

We ask that parents complete the Medical Form so that our school records are up to date.  If any change occurs during your child’s time with us, please let us know.

Prescribed medicines

These should only be taken at school when absolutely necessary.  Please contact the Lead Firstaider (jgoldsmith@melbournvc.org) or any member of the first aid team for information and complete the appropriate form if your child needs to take such medicines while in school.

Paracetemol and ibruprofen

Due to new legislation first aid staff are now able to administer Paracetemol and Ibruprofen to pupils if we hold current permission as given on the medical form.

Pupils carrying their own medication

There are regulations regarding medicines in a school setting.  Only certain medication is allowed to be carried by pupils whilst in school.  By law, parents must give written consent for their child to carry medication. Pupils with the following conditions may carry their own medication upon written consent: 

  • allergy causing anaphylaxis
  • asthma
  • diabetes
  • migraine (may depend on the type of medication)

The form for a pupil to carry or school to hold medicine is available from the left menu. Please complete this and return it to Reception.

Medication held in school

Parents and carers have responsibility for their child’s health and should provide the school with information about their child’s medical condition. Medicines held in school should always be provided in the original container or box as dispensed by pharmacists and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration, the child’s name, the prescribed dose and expiry date.  The school will not administer medicines that do not apply to these rules.  If necessary, a copy of the medical protocol also needs to be provided. Please complete the form in the left menu entitled 'Authority for school to hold and administer prescribed medication' and return it to Reception.

PE and activities

Some children may need to take precautionary measures before or during exercise, such as using an inhaler.  If your child needs to have their medication to hand during PE please ensure that they have it with them and are aware that they are allowed to take it out with them.  A member of the PE staff will gladly take charge of the medication if required. Please always ensure that you child’s medication is clearly named.

Illness

If a pupil is unwell they should not be in school.  Please do not send your child to school if they are ill. Any pupil who vomits or has diarrhoea will be sent home. 

If a pupil feels ill or is injured they should always report to Reception, a first aider will assess the situation and take action accordingly, following the college protocol. Pupils ARE NOT PERMITTED to phone home of their own accord. 

Parents/Carers should ensure contact details are current and that they have arrangements in place for their child to be collected from school should the need arise.  A responsible adult must collect them.  Pupils will generally not be allowed to walk home or catch a bus alone.  If the first aider sends a pupil home they will either ask the parent to complete the school leaving book or complete it themselves. 

Sickness and diarrhoea

If a pupil is ill with sickness or diarrhoea they should remain off school/work for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.

Vaccinations

All vaccinations are provided by the Cambridgeshire School Immunisation Team. For more information please contact them on Tel: 0300 555 5055 or visit the School Vaccination UK website: https://schoolvaccination.uk/category/vaccinations/

All school vaccination dates are shown on the school calendar as we become aware of them.

What to do if your 12-15 year-old child missed their appointment at school to receive their Covid vaccination

If for any reason your child missed the opportunity to receive their vaccination at school, or were declined their vaccination because they tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks, you have the following alternative options. You will need to accompany your child to any venues offering the vaccination to give consent:

Booking vaccination appointments online

You can book your child's 1st dose online from the day they turn 12. You can usually book their 2nd dose from 24 hours after they had their 1st dose. You'll be offered appointment dates from 12 weeks after their 1st dose. Book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment

Getting the vaccine at a walk-in vaccination site

Your child can get a 1st dose at a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site from the day they turn 12. They can get a 2nd dose if it's been 12 weeks since their 1st dose. Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site

Everybody is somebody