Whether you are five or 50 life can be complicated! We help our 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 them 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 one to six and through thought provoking PSHE sessions. Alongside this, our life coaching sessions, available from year 5 and part of the curriculum in year 7, helps our pupils to feel assured, confident, content and focussed on what they want and knowing how to achieve this, whilst recognising 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 e-safety 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!

iSpace is a new and ever-developing mental health and wellbeing educational programme for children aged four to 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 Prep 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.

Pupils at Copthorne Prep 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 one in every ten children have a diagnosed mental health condition. Nationally on average that is three in every classroom and those are just the children who have received a diagnosis. Also, only one in five 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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