Children experiencing difficulties with social, emotional health or mental health (SEMH)


This section includes all those pupils who experience short but significant periods of high anxiety, stress, distress or anger that may have an effect on their well-being or education.


It also includes young people who have a range of longer-term recognised mental health conditions.


For both groups, issues can include:


  • Forming and maintaining relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Attitudes to attainment
  • Attendance
  • Self-esteem
  • Life outside school


Every child at The Discovery School can access:


  • Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice)


  • Understanding and support from all members of staff
  • Access to assessment for identification of significant needs
  • Access to support from the Family Liaison Officer
  • Transition support into new year groups and Key Stages
  • Dedicated and caring staff who value all students


Support may include:


  • Lunchtime club for vulnerable pupils
  • Transition support arrangements
  • Interventions (behaviour/social skills/self-esteem/stress management)
  • In-class support (including support for students at risk of exclusion)


The SEMH Team


At The Discovery School we value the mental health of our children above all else. For this reason, we have established the SEMH Team to identify, track and monitor the difficulties experienced by our children and the provision in place to support them.


If you are concerned about your child’s mental health, or would like some support in managing this at home, please contact a member of the SEMH Team: Tina Gobell (Headteacher), Jenny Baker (Deputy Headteacher) Jacky Firminger (FLO) or Hannah Pullen (SENCo).


Further information about Social, Emotional and Mental Health Problems


The BBC Newsround website is a great source of further information about child and adolescent mental health problems. Here is a short film about the importance of talking about your feelings and problems:


Inside My Head


This short film explores autism from the perspective of an autistic child, Rosie: 


My Autism and Me

All About Me

As a school we are always keen to promote a healthy body image for our children, particularly in today's 'Social Media' society. It is extremely evident in the world we live in that there is a high importance when filtering images with apps such as Instagram and Snapchat and how this affects the way that children and adults see themselves. This is also a conversation that occurs in many of our PSHE lessons, especially in KS2. With this in mind, we have recently been sent a booklet produced by 'Dove' which is aimed at promoting a higher self-esteem for young girls that we felt some of you may find useful. There are a few challenges and activities that you may like to carry out with your children in order to promote that same healthy body image outside of school too. Whilst they have aimed this publication at young girls, there may be some activities that you feel are transferable to boys as this is something that affects both sexes.