Whether you are 5 or 50 life can be complicated! Here at Copthorne Prep School we help pupils navigate the ever changing world around them. Helping them make sense of this is pivotal to all that we do.

‘A Happy Child is a Learning Child’

We are passionate about pupils developing a ‘growth mind set’ and encouraging all our pupils to ‘think’, ‘understand’ and ‘explore’ both with their academic studies and with their emotions.

This philosophy is integrated into every lesson as well as dedicated ‘ispace’ lessons in years 1 to 6 and through thought provoking PSHE sessions. Alongside this we have a life coach who works with our year 7’s helping them to explore ‘who they are’ and how everyone has their unique style and should be celebrated. For those needing a little more guidance we have a school counselor who is in each Monday providing extra support.

‘Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.’

Technology has certainly had its impact on the pupils we now teach and it is important we teach them how to be safe on line with ‘esafety’ being taught from an early age. However it is important to reflect on the impact too much technology has on the pupils and it is important we cultivate a culture of talking ‘face to face’. – this goes for parents too!

‘ There is no app that replaces your lap.’

iSpace is a new and ever-developing mental health and wellbeing educational programme for children aged 4-11. iSpace offers a child friendly approach to mental health and wellbeing by using characters and stories, teaching children how to ‘be calm and deal with their niggles and stressors’, also providing them with confidence and realisation of their importance in the Copthorne community as well as the wider world.

iSpace was designed to ensure that every child has access to mental health and wellbeing education and takes a proactive, not reactive, approach to prepare and teach children how to tackle any issues they may face. The curriculum and toolkit gives them a language and the ‘who and how’ to ask for help, not only does it help the children but their parents too.

Copthorne Prep School are proud to be a ‘pioneering school’ for this new educational programme.

Pupils at Copthorne Prep School are finding it easier to ‘understand’ their emotions and more importantly what to do about them. They are more able to know what to do when the ‘niggles’ and ‘stressors’ come along. The use of ‘iSpace’ is seen often at playtime when pupils just need to ‘calm down’ and reflect.

Why Do We Do It?

The importance of children’s mental health and wellbeing is better known now more than ever. Statistics show that 1 in every 10 children have a diagnosed mental health condition. Nationally on average that is 3 in every classroom and those are just the children who have received a diagnosis. Also, only 1 in 5 children get the help they need. So iSpace is incredibly important in equipping the next generation with the ‘tools’ to tackle life!

To find out more about iSpace visit www.ispacewellbeing.com

Charlie Lee
Director of Wellbeing


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