Therapy

...therapeutic approach which permeates everything...

Therapy at West Heath plays a major part in the social, emotional, mental health, behavioural and physical wellbeing of our students. Whilst not officially designated as a “therapeutic school”, our whole approach is underpinned by a ‘soft’ therapeutic approach which permeates everything from our curriculum to our behaviour management. Although many of our students have a specified therapeutic requirement on their Education, Health and Care Plans which means we have an obligation to meet these needs, most of our students will access our therapeutic department at some time or other during their time with us, whether it be for in-depth counselling, a safe place to off-load, a need to control their anger, help with social skills, difficulties with sensory issues, or just to learn some relaxation techniques before exams. Whilst numbers obviously vary from year to year, currently over 70% of our students are receiving therapeutic support of one kind or another, and a large percentage are receiving more than one. In addition to Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy, we currently offer the following: CBT, Counselling, Play Therapy, Integrative Child Psychotherapy, Complementary Therapy, and Psychological Services (including assessments). We have well-resourced OT and Play-therapy rooms, in addition to individual rooms for all therapists to see students. Our school nurse also comes under the Therapy department offering her expert advice and support on medical issues.