All Schools have an essential role to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils, by developing approaches tailored to their particular needs. The majority of children and young people have good mental wellbeing most of the time, however early intervention to identify issues and provide effective support is crucial for those who show signs of developing problems.  Research evidence shows that half of all lifetime mental health problems develop by the age of 14; over 75% before the age of 24 and affect up to 1 in 4 people. Sound mental health supports stability, social integration, resilience and success in school, work and within the community.

 The school role in supporting and promoting mental health and wellbeing can be summarised as: 

• Prevention: creating a safe and calm environment where mental health problems are less likely, improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole school population, and equipping pupils to be resilient so that they can manage the normal stress of life effectively. This will include teaching pupils about mental wellbeing through the curriculum and reinforcing this teaching through school activities and ethos;

• Identification: recognising emerging issues as early and accurately as possible; 

• Early support: helping pupils to access evidence based early support and interventions; 

• Access to specialist support: working effectively with external agencies to provide swift access or referrals to specialist support and treatment.

At Oakfield Lodge School we offer 3 trained Mental Health First Aiders to spot the initial signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and provide non-judgemental support and reassurance. 

Oakfield Lodge is an accredited ACSEED Award school; a quality assurance mark granted to schools that have made supporting the mental health of their students a considerable strength.

Our Mental Health First Aiders

Mrs Rachael Denham


Oakfield Lodge is an accredited AcSeed school.

The AcSEED Initiative is a concept founded by young people with direct personal experience of mental illness at a young age. Their combined experiences have been used to identify and recommend a range of best practices that could have helped significantly in identifying and supporting their emerging emotional difficulties during school years.

The AcSEED Award is a quality assurance mark presented to schools that have made a substantial effort to support the mental health of their students. It encourages and rewards the provision of high quality emotional wellbeing services, from the broad provision of information right through to appropriately targeted intervention. Based on best practices, the scheme defines a set of standard criteria that all schools must meet in order to receive the award.

Any UK primary or secondary school can apply for The AcSEED Award which requires an initial self-assessment and subsequent review and ratification by representatives of The AcSEED Initiative.

More information can be found at:



AcSEED accredited schools in Cheshire East:

Adelaide School

Alsager School

Audlem St James Primary School

Beechwood Primary School

Cranberry Academy

Edleston Primary School

Hollinhey Primary School

Holmes Chapel Primary School

Leighton Academy

Mablins Lane Community Primary School

Manor Park School and Nursery

Marlfields Primary Academy

Middlewich High School

Monks Coppenhall Academy

Parkroyal Community School

Pear Tree Primary School

Pikemere Primary School

Sandbach High School

Shavington Academy

Smallwood C of E Primary Academy

St Thomas More Catholic High School

The Fermain Academy

Westminster Nursery School

Wheelock Primary School

Wistaston Academy

Looking after yourself during the pandemic 

Coronavirus and managing your mental health and wellbeing:

A resource pack for teenagers to help manage feelings about coronavirus:

Cheshire East Self-Harm Pathway

The Self-Harm Pathway has been developed by a collaboration of the Emotionally Healthy Schools Pilot, the Chimney House Group of schools, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), CWP Young Advisors and CWP Listen Up Groups.

It is intended as a pathway and practical guide for professionals working with children and young people to ensure appropriate support is put in place.

SELF HARM A giude for school staff


Support for Parents

Useful Documents from Cheshire East