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Health and Wellbeing

Welcome to our dedicated health and wellbeing page

We hope the resources and information on this page will be helpful to everyone in the Risedale Family.

Health and wellbeing at Risedale

Supporting mental health and wellbeing at Risedale:

Meet our School Counsellor Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith-1Lisa Smith is our School Counsellor. She works full-time, during term-time, with pupils 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.

Mini Marketplace

The 'Mini Marketplace' offers social and emotional mental health support for children and young people in North Yorkshire. Click the image below to access this resource.



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:

Other general resources

10 ways to help children cope with change

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 for how to do just that.

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.

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

Workouts with Joe Wicks 'The Body Coach'

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.

Young Minds Wellbeing Advent Calendar

The lead-up to winter break can be a fun and exciting time, but it’s also a period that may make some young people feel anxious and stressed. Young Minds has created a Wellbeing Advent Calendar 2023 for pupils to look after their wellbeing over the break. The calendar starts from the end of November, leading up to when schools finish for winter.