Abbeywood Community School

SEMH Wellbeing Hub

Welcome to our students, staff, parents and carers.

We continue to add up to date links to this page which signpost self-help, support and other useful resources. We hope it helps to support you with young people’s mental health.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Wellbeing Hub

At Abbeywood, we know that mental health is an important issue for many young people and we would remind all students that their first point of call for support if they are struggling is their Tutor and Head of Year. We regularly share strategies and signpost support for our whole school community to empower them to take care of their mental health and well-being. They can look out in tutor periods, assemblies, PSHE lessons, on Google Classrooms, social media, the school screens, toilet doors and posters as well as our website! Pop-up sessions with both Kooth and OTR are arranged over the school year and are available to all students.

The Wellbeing Hub opened as a referral based intervention to support those finding their SEMH needs difficult to manage themselves and when this is stopping them from accessing their full timetable.

We, Mrs Milkins and Mrs Northam, were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to run the Wellbeing Hub from September 2022. Then started the exciting times of cleaning out the rooms, and starting fresh from empty rooms; something we were both really keen to do. Our helpful site team painted the rooms and we started to put things together after the break for the summer.

Mrs Northam and her creative skills have worked magic on both of the classroom areas and there are bright notice boards with a wealth of self-help support, strategies and Thrive available.

Early on, a fabulous donation of £500 from FACs, enabled us to buy games, books, weighted blankets and an assortment of other bits to help build connection and social skills within the hub. Generous donations of bean bags, games, books and rugs have also gratefully been received from staff and parents. We have also built up our craft activities across the year and the students have enjoyed quiet activities like colouring salt to make memory jars, making bracelets, and painting.

We continue to develop our provision, and are planning to run drop-ins and support even more of our community.

Meet the SEMH team

Mrs Milkins - Hello. I am the SEMH Wellbeing Hub Lead and I have worked within secondary schools since 2004. I joined ACS in 2017 as part of the inclusion team and have worked to support across all of the year groups ever since. During lockdown, I trained in Mental Health Awareness, as well as supporting students on Zoom while at home; mentoring to support them through the difficult times. My experience in schools, along with a few years experience as a foster carer, has provided me with a good base for meeting the needs in the hub, and I am enjoying being able to meet more of our amazing students.  

Mrs Northam - Hello, my name is Mrs Northam and I help run the SEMH Wellbeing Hub at Abbeywood.  I have worked in the Education system for the last 20 years, with SEND being my specialist area. My education career has covered working at Nursery, Preschool, Primary, Exam Invigilation and now Secondary level. In 2009, I gained a Higher Level Teaching Assistant Accreditation and more recently Mental Health Awareness and Thrive focusing on the SEMH needs of our adolescents. I feel very privileged to be working alongside these fabulous young people every day!

Murphy - our School dog is a regular visit to the Hub and helps the humans support the young people accessing the interventions there.  Read more about Murphy here.