Therapeutic Support and Well-being
We recognise that people need support to thrive and reach their full potential. The therapy and wellbeing service offers a specialised support for students who may benefit from regular therapy sessions; drop-in sessions are open to all. The school prioritises social emotional and mental health within every aspect of school life - policies & environment, curriculum, special events & campaigns - to positively impact outcomes for students.
We have two on-site Creative Arts Therapists (HCPC, BADTH) who manage the provision alongside the input of a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT).
Therapeutic work is tailored according to needs, combining either a creative indirect approach or direct talking approach to supporting emotional and psychological wellbeing. The aim of therapy may include improving self-awareness, relationships, coping mechanisms, general wellbeing or making difficult events more bearable. These interventions may occur individually or in groups.
Awareness Events and Campaigns 2019-2020
Autumn Term 2019: Time to Change; ‘Change can be Good, too’ – decreasing stigma, learning and discussing Mental Health
Spring Term 2020: Time to Act – community, empathy and kindness
Summer Term 2020: Time to Move – transitions, change & physical activity for our wellbeing
For Parents & Carers:
In association with Bromley Children’s Project, the school offer free Parent & Carer Support Groups to all parents and carers within South East London Academies Trust. The group provides a place to seek support and connect with others.
2019 -2020 Dates of the Parent & Carer Group:
October 17th – Banish the Bedtime Blues (Sleep Issues)
November 21st Getting the Best from Children (Positive discipline and rewards)
January 16th 2020 – Living on the Spectrum (Autistic Spectrum Condition)
March 19th – Brain Power (Children’s developing brain)
May 21st – Why it’s Good to Wriggle (Understanding sensory systems)
June 18th – Getting the best from Relationships
Location of the Parent Support Group:
Tel: 020 8308 9620
Aside from that, the onsite therapy team are here to support you and happy to hear from any of the parents and carers at BBAO. We believe it is fundamental to set up open channels of communication with all of the adults who feature in the lives of our students. Our ethos at BBAO is to adopt a ‘whole school’ approach to mental health and wellbeing and give them the opportunity to thrive in a supportive learning environment.
We at Bromley Beacon Academy Orpington are delighted to announce that all of our schools within London South East Academies Trust have been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools prestigious silver award for a pioneering mental health initiative. The Carnegie Centre aims to recognise and promote high standards in mental health support for children, their parents/carers and staff at all levels of educational provision.
We believe the award reflects the whole school teams’ commitment as well as recognising that the school structures, environment, ethos and culture is one that supports positive mental health and wellbeing, we are truly honour to have received this highly esteemed accolade for our hard work.
For more information on The Carnegie Centre Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, please click here.
World Mental Health Day
Thursday 10th October 2019
Across the world, more children and young people than ever before are seeking help with their mental health. However, only 1 in 10 are able to find the support they need.
At Bromley Beacon Academy, we are proud to discuss mental and physical health. We also have therapists onsite to support our students. By wearing yellow on World Mental Health Day, we want to show young people that they’re not alone when it comes to their mental health.
Bromley Beacon Academy would like to help support this worthwhile cause. Students are invited to donate £1 and wear yellow (or make something yellow to wear) for the day; any contributions would be gratefully received and donated to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust who will be providing a staff training on Mental Health.
Students are invited to express themselves and we appreciate individuality, all they have to do to take part is wear yellow on October 10th - it couldn’t be simpler!