Motcombe School recognises that the emotional, mental health and wellbeing of Children and Young People (CYP) is as important as their physical health and wellbeing. Over recent years it has been recognised that changes need to be implemented to mental health services for CYP to identify CYP’s needs early and enable them to access timely, appropriate mental health services that support them to build resilience.

Mental health problems range from short spells of depression or anxiety through to severe and persistent conditions that can isolate, disrupt and frighten those who experience them. Mental health problems in CYP can result in lower educational attainment, poor physical health, poor social relationships, school exclusion and limited future employment prospects as well as behaviours such as smoking, using drugs and drinking alcohol. The impact of improving emotional wellbeing and mental health is seen at an individual and family level.

Key stats: Young Minds 2020

  • 1 in 8 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder – that’s roughly 3 children in every classroom (i).
  • 1 in 6 young people aged 16-24 has symptoms of a common mental disorder such as depression or an anxiety disorder (ii).
  • Half of all mental health problems manifest by the age of 14, with 75% by age 24 (iii).
  • In 2017, suicide was the most common cause of death for both boys (16.2% of all deaths) and girls (13.3%) aged between 5 and 19 (iv).
  • Nearly half of 17-19 year olds with a diagnosable mental health disorder has self-harmed or attempted suicide at some point, rising to 52.7% for young women (v)

Motcombe School along with East Sussex County Council recognises that poor mental health can be a barrier to children and young people achieving their potential.  This work is to help our schools and communities develop strategies and deliver actions to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The whole school uses the Thrive approach to support children in class and all our teachers receive regular training from our Thrive leader and also through whole school Thrive training.

Where necessary children can be referred for counselling and currently the school accesses this from Fegans Counselling Service.


Every School Policy contains the following Equal Opportunities Statement:

Our School Vision

“To build a learning community that cares for and values everyone, where promoting confidence through creativity, challenge and high expectations leads to enjoyment and success for all!” Our School Values

1. Motcombe School is a community where children feel safe. Individuality for all is nurtured and valued; diversity is celebrated and all members feel able to meet their full potential, through the joy of life-long learning.

2. Children at Motcombe School have the right to the highest quality of teaching, which embraces all learning needs and is committed to raising academic standards and emotional growth.

3. We acknowledge that we live in an ever-changing world and are committed to preparing and empowering children to communicate well and fulfil their responsibilities as British and global citizens, whilst developing the ability to use all available technologies, in a safe and secure environment.

4. We promote respect for self and others, fostering qualities of initiative, creativity, growing independence and self-confidence, co-operation and self-motivation through the delivery of a relevant and challenging curriculum that acknowledges the need for health in both mind and body.

5. We are committed to supporting staff in their personal and professional development.

Our school ethos is our shared vision and common sense of purpose. As an Infant School we recognise that it is a privilege to work with children at the start of their school career and as infant practitioners we have a strong understanding of the need to balance social and emotional maturity with academic ambition and plan learning that supports development of both. This ethos aims to guide the day to day life and development of the school and strongly influence the ‘feel’ of the school.

Equal Opportunities
At Motcombe we believe that all children, regardless of first language, disability, race, gender, cultural or socio-economic background, should receive equal access to the full school curriculum.

Disability Statement
Motcombe is proud to be an inclusive school. We are able to offer access to the full curriculum for children who have a physical disability. We have easy access into the main part of both buildings and have accessible toilet facilities. As with any additional needs the school works closely with parents and appropriate outside agencies.