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Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our dedicated health and wellbeing page

We hope that the resources and information on this page will be useful all our young people, parents/carers and families.

Health and wellbeing at Risedale

Supporting your child's mental health and wellbeing at Risedale:

Meet our School Counsellor Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith-1In January 2021, Lisa Smith joined the Risedale Family as our new full-time School Counsellor. Lisa has worked as a counsellor for the past 6 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the school’s pastoral team.

Lisa works mainly with pupils in a school offering 1:1 counselling sessions, providing early help for any mental health issues. Lisa also provides support for our staff as everyone's wellbeing is important at Risedale. A happy school is a successful school!

Wellbeing Champions at Risedale:

Here at Risedale School, we care about every part of our pupils' lives and so we have developed a dedicated team of staff to act as a support network for when times get tough. All members of the 'Risedale Family' can be approached at any time. Wellbeing is key.

Your Wellbeing Champions at Risedale are Mrs Wright, Ms Benson, Mrs Deighton and Mr Gunnell.


Supporting your child's medical needs at Risedale:

Our staff are here to help pupils and families with their medical needs whilst at Risedale. We offer support on a day-to-day basis, working alongside our Senior Leadership Team to ensure that Healthcare Plans for pupils with more specific needs are met appropriately. Many of our staff are trained in first aid and receive regular and ongoing training.

If you would like to discuss any matters regarding your child's medical needs and how we can best support them at school please feel free to the Risedale reception 01748 83350.

Parents and carers are responsible for:

  • Keeping the school informed about any changes to their child/children's health.
  • Completing a parental agreement for the school to administer medicine form before bringing medication into school.
  • Providing the school with the medication their child requires and keeping it up to date.
  • Collecting any leftover medicine at the end of the course or year.
  • Discussing medications with their child/children prior to requesting that a staff member administers the medication.
  • Where necessary, developing an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHCP) for their child in collaboration with the Headteacher, other staff members and healthcare professionals.

The following document may be of help to you and also contains some of our medical consent forms:

NHS Vaccinations:

Parents/carers, to consent for your child to receive their NHS vaccinations please visit:

Other general resources

The Body Coach - Workouts with Joe Wicks

Go to YouTube and check out 'The Body Coach TV' for your workout with Joe Wicks. It's a great opportunity to take part in some physical exercise at home.

County Lines and Criminal Exploitation

The Children's Society has a range of support materials available for young people, parents and schools including: Mental health and wellbeing A‑Z | Anxiety and OCD | Depression and Mood | Loneliness | Emotional Resilience | Mental Resilience | County Lines and Criminal Exploitation.

  • Criminal Exploitation is when individuals or gangs target children and force them to carry out criminal activity. Exploiters may force young people to deal drugs, steal, commit violent or sexual acts and traffic them.
  • County Lines is the term used for the organised criminal distribution of drugs from the big cities into smaller towns and rural areas using children and vulnerable people. Although cannabis is occasionally linked to the county lines organisations, it is harder drugs that provide the focus: heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines.

Finding the Calm:

Dr Dawn Bradley has created a menu of calming activities to structure routine and time.

10 ways to help children cope with change

The COVID-19 crisis has been a challenging time for all of us, especially for our children and young people. YoungMinds has produced a great resource for parents to help children cope with change. Click here to view your copy of '10 ways to help children cope with change'. Now more than ever we know that it's so important to work together, look after one another and support each other as a family and this resource has some great suggestions of how to do just that.

YoungMinds have also written a helpful article with some useful tips on how parents can support their child as they transition back to life at school: Supporting a child returning to school after lockdown.

My Teen Brain:

Click here to view your copy of ‘My Teen Brain’, a really helpful leaflet for parents/carers and young people to find out more about the teenage brain.

The ‘My Teen Brain’ initiative aims to highlight what happens in the teenage brain which, in conjunction with experience and environment, can affect many aspects of teenage behaviours, including emotions, relationships, behaviours, sleep and attitudes to risk.

Further information can be found at


Daily physical activity is really important to help maintain a healthy body and mind. To inspire you to keep active, the PE department have suggested we all take a look at 'Netflex' which, when you click on the picture links, takes you to lots of recommended workout links on YouTube. Click here to access NETFLEX and give it a try!

Wellbeing Booklet

This booklet has been developed by North Yorkshire Youth for Young People using resources from other organisations and agencies. It covers some ideas on how to maintain and develop our mental health and wellbeing. You can view the booklet here: Wellbeing Booklet by North Yorkshire Youth