At Darton Academy we recognise that wellbeing is important…

It is more important than ever that we look after our own wellbeing. One quote that really resonates and provides strength comes from Seamus Heaney;

“If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere”

Here are five steps to ensuring good mental wellbeing:

1. Keep Learning – keep yourself and your brain challenged. Learning new things can really help
improve your wellbeing and sense of self-esteem, so important for mental health.

2. Be Active – physical exercise is great for your physical health but also does wonders for your
mental health

3. Give to others – be kind and try to understand how others may also be feeling. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period
is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

4. Connect - There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is
a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

5. Take notice – take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. This may involve de-cluttering your workspace or taking notice of how your colleagues may be feeling.

Online Pastoral Team - Microsoft Teams

Support to keep you safe and well when you are away from school 

When schools are closed, it can be a worrying time for young people, parents and carers for a variety of reasons. You might be experiencing problems at home, be worried about your education, struggling with your mental health or lots of other issues that young people deal with daily.  

  • Each student will also be part of a team with their Learning Manager in the Pastoral Team. This will be where students will get updates, support, well-being and safeguarding information and keep in direct contact with the whole pastoral team


If there is ever a time when you don’t feel safe or if you know someone else who is not safe then you need to know that you can contact people who can help and it is that you tell someone if this happens to you or a friend. Victims should talk to a friend or adult they can trust. You can speak to a social worker by calling the Barnsley Assessment Team on 01226 772423 (Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm) or using the out of hours service on 01226 787789 who are available outside of these hours. Further details can be found at the following link: https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/safeguarding-families-in-barnsley/safeguarding-children-in-barnsley/ 

If you have an immediate concern and feel that a child is at risk of significant harm or danger please contact the police on 999 or 0114 2202020. 

The Government have released some updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Please click the link below for further details

Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online

Other useful helplines: 

If you need immediate support, you can text SHOUT to 85258 and chat by text. The service is free on
most networks and available 24/7, and trained volunteers will listen to you, and work with to help you
take the next steps towards feeling better.

Childline is a service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine by calling 0800 11 11, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. https://www.childline.org.uk/ 

NSPCC – Child Protection Line This is the UK’s leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. Their National Child Protection Helpline provides advice to adults and children about child protection concerns. You can phone them on 0808 800 5000. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ 

Kooth.com: Kooth.com is an online counselling service that provides vulnerable young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, with advice and support for emotional or mental health problems. Kooth.com offers users a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way to access help. www.kooth.com 

Recovery College is a useful online resource with general advice, support, and strategies for a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/young-people/

CAMHS has published ideas for supporting pupils with emotional and mental health difficulties on their
website – You can view these here.

Child Bereavement UK also has online information on supporting pupils with issues surrounding
bereavement.  https://www.childbereavementuk.org

Papyrus - Preventing Young Suicide www.papyrus-uk.org

Mental Health support: 

To look after your mental health it would be worth visiting the websites below which may be of use to you. Some have excellent apps that will help you with mindfulness, relaxation and coping with stress. 

Young Minds https://youngminds.org.uk/ 

Stop, Breathe, Think www.stopbreathethink.com 

Calm www.calm.com 

Headspace www.headspace.com 

What is Mindfulness? 

Click here for a short video

Mindfulness Colouring

Finally – If you need to contact us:

Learning Manager

Year 7

Mrs Bridger


Year 8

Miss Houghland


Year 9

Mr Royston


Year 10

Mrs Woodhouse


Year 11

Mrs Dearing 


Safeguarding team

Mrs KayKayL@dartonacademy.org.uk
Mr SmithSmithG15@dartonacademy.org.uk
Mr Carmody CarmodyP@dartonacademy.org.uk

Take care and remember that staff are available on 01226 232306 if you need to speak to somebody between 9.00am-3.00pm. Students often come to talk to a member of staff if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. We are one of the best places for our students to get reliable advice and support about a range of issues and we are still here to help during the current period so please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Please remember, we can’t be available ‘24/7’ but there are plenty of other good sources of advice and support listed  above if you need it when we are not available. 

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