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Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our dedicated health and wellbeing page

Health and wellbeing at Risedale

On this page you will find lots of useful information and support available in school, locally, nationally and online. At this time of national crisis it's never been more important that we look after both the physical and mental health of ourselves and our loved ones.

Welcoming our new School Counsellor Lisa Smith

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On the 11th 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 will mainly be working with pupils in school offering 1:1 counselling sessions, providing early help for any mental health issues. She will also be providing remote sessions for those pupils currently not in school due to COVID-19 and group support as things eventually return to normal.

Alongside Lisa’s work with pupils, she will also be supporting staff, including a monthly wellbeing forum. Risedale is passionate about everyone’s wellbeing and this commitment heralds further progress in this area. A happy school is a successful school!

Health advice regarding COVID-19:

Parents/carers, please familiarise yourself with the most up to date advice on what to do if you or your child(ren) become unwell:

The importance of hygiene: 'Protect yourself and others '

  • Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the 'Catch it, Bin it, Kill it' strategy for those with coughs and sneezes. 
    When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands!).
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home from school/work, blow your nose/sneeze or cough, eat or handle food.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Wear a face covering as and when required/requested.

Mental Health Apps suggested by the NHS

Click the link to view an A-Z of Mental Health Apps compiled by the NHS. It's reassuring to know that all products (apps) published on the 'NHS Apps Library' have to meet a stringent set of quality standards which regulate clinical safety, data protection, usability and accessibility, therefore making them reliable resources for us all to access.

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 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:

Healthy Child Team Drop-in's:

Need someone to talk to in confidence about health issues, worries, advice…? The NHS Healthy Child Team will be in school on the first Tuesday of the month 12:40-1:15pm. Please note, unfortunately this service is not available whist the school is closed.

Online Safety:

For specific information regarding 'Online Safety' please visit our dedicated webpage by clicking here.

NHS Vaccinations:

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

Drugs advice leaflet from North Yorkshire County Council:

We know that the majority of young people don't use drugs (Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey), in fact research shows that young people's drug use has been declining over the past 10 years, but there's still a small group of young people who get drawn into using drugs so it's important that parents/carers know where to go for information and support if they need to: Drugs advice leaflet.pdf

Some helpful leaflets for parents/carers from Safer Richmondshire:

Tackling Criminal exploitation - A guide for parents:

'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. Click the link to view a guide for parents regarding Criminal Exploitation from The Children's Society.

County Lines explained:

'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. Click here to find out more about county lines and to watch a helpful video by specialist safeguarding consultant, Andrew Hall, talking about county lines and why it is such an important issue for some young people.

Summer Health and Safety Tips:

Some tips to stay healthy and safe during the summer months from the public health team at North Yorkshire County Council:

'The Go-To' for healthy minds in North Yorkshire:

The Go-To – – is a portal or ‘single point of information’ for the wide range of mental health support services available to help children and young people in the county address their social and emotional health needs.With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and prolonged absence from the classroom, online mental health support for young people has never been more important. Now more than ever we need to be looking after our mental health and The Go-To offers access to the support young people and their families need during these changing times.


Childline: "We're here for you, whatever's on your mind. We'll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you. 0800 1111. Our tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration, can help you feel more in control. And you can access them in your own time, at your own pace!"

Compass Buzz:

Click the link to check out 'Resource update for the COVID-19 outbreak' from Compass Buzz; an organisation that aims to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people age 5-18 (25 with SEND) across North Yorkshire.


Talk to Frank for honest information about drugs.

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people helping with life challenges such as; mental health issues, money problems, homelessness, finding a job, break-ups and drugs. Talk to The Mix via online, social or their free, confidential helpline.

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


NHS Find information and advice on health conditions, symptoms, healthy living, medicines and how to get help.

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.

Parents Protect!

Parents Protect! help parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.

The Children's Society Covid-19 information and support:

The Children's Society has a range of support materials for young people, parents and schools in their mental and emotional health resource 'vault' including: Anxiety | Depression and Mood | Loneliness |Obsessive compulsive disorder | Phobias | Self care |Emotional resilience | Mental Resilience. The resources can be found here:

Support for young people from Mind Darlington:

Support for young people from Mind Darlington:

If you are aged between 11 and 18 and live or study in Hambleton and Richmondshire and finding the current situation difficult you can contact a dedicated helpline for a chat or text 07432 843161 Monday-Friday 10.00-12.00 noon.

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

Finding the Calm:

Most people will find the additional time that they now have difficult to manage because life is ordinarily organised and we are usually so busy. In the current situation, we now have more unstructured time than we may be used to and so Dr Dawn Bradley has created a menu of calming activities to structure routine and time. Click here to view 'Finding the Calm'.


YoungMinds are leading the fight for a future where all young people are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. YoungMinds offers support to those who are struggling with mental health issues in a bid to overcome life's difficulties and create resilience.

60-Day Daily Wellbeing Tasks:

We think these wellbeing tasks are a great idea to incorporate into your time at home. They really inspire all of the key principles that we promote at Risedale with our 'Pillars of Success'. Click here to view your copy of 'The 60-Day Wellbeing Tasks' from Cre8tive Curriculum

How to maintain good mental wellbeing during isolation:

Wellbeing is about being able to experience good health, happiness and high life satisfaction, including managing your stress. It's not always easy to find the right strategies to establish and maintain your wellbeing. Often the most successful methods are unique to you and ones that can be consistently applied, like for instance, every week. Click here to see some great Mental Wellbeing Top Tips from The National College.

'P.E. with Joe' - LIVE workouts for kids from Joe Wicks The Body Coach:

Don't forget to go to YouTube and check out 'The Body Coach TV' for your workout with Joe Wicks. 'P.E. with Joe' is a great opportunity to take part in some real physical exercise whilst learning from home. It's fantastic fun! Please take part and get involved!


Daily physical activity is really important in order 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!

Stay in, work out:

Sport England shares top tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Join the Movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you're getting active during this time. Click here to access.

Outdoor Learning Ideas from East Barnby:

East Barnby Outdoor Education Centre is posting an 'idea a day' to help children find adventure, stay connected to nature and learn about the outdoors. The first idea is to “build your own backyard compass”. Most of their suggested activities can either be done in your own back garden or whilst you're out doing your daily exercise. Check out their daily Facebook posts and be adventurous!