Designated Safeguarding Lead
SENCO and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Kent County Council
Rewrite Your Story
Wellbeing is at the heart of MEPA Academy. As a small school, we can offer enough time to be supportive, offer guidance, and care in a way which is unique to each student. We equip our students with a way of expressing their emotional needs without judgement.
As well as individual support, we look at the year and pinpoint certain times when the whole school may need wellbeing support. This may include how to beat exam stress, how to deal with anxiety at an audition, how to have a growth mindset and resilience when performing. This forms part of our Friday assemblies which focus on wellbeing which includes mindfulness.
Every Wednesday and Friday lunchtime, there is a chance for you to spend time with our Designated Mental Health Lead - Claire. This is a confidential time where students can come and speak without fear or judgement. We understand that taking the first step to talking to someone can be huge and we will support and guide you in whatever way we can.
At MEPA Academy we have trained Peer Mediators who can be approached to support our students with peer issues. Our peer mediators offer positive role models especially to our younger students and are around at lunchtimes to support the other students.
If you're struggling to cope, you are not alone. Here are some organisations who can support you.