Mr C Coyle-Chislett

01736 753472


2 St George's Road, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4AH

“Penpol pupils are curious, creative and courageous learners. Our school community believes in authenticity as the foundations of deep-rooted learning. Through our rich and relevant curriculum, we nurture community-minded, forward-facing international citizens of the future.” - our Penpol School vision.

Mental Health Hub
Welcome to the Mental Health Hub

Penpol School is a Trauma Informed School (TIS), supporting children and families who suffer from trauma or mental health problems to help prevent this becoming a barrier to learning or life in general.  The wellbeing of our Penpol family and community is of utmost importance and we are here to provide that support.  It could be said that we have all experienced trauma, especially with every person being affected in some way by the Coronavirus pandemic.  In this area of our website we have information about things we do in school, things you can do at home, links to our newsletter and other websites offering support, ways to contact our team and details of virtual and in person get togethers.  We hope you find it useful – please do get in touch as we love hearing from you!

Time to Talk Thursdays

Our wellbeing forum for parents and carers with Rachel Perris runs every Thursday during term time. In these testing times, it is vital that we each nurture our mental health as much as we do our physical health.

These sessions are open to all, with the aim of providing a safe space for talk and support. Rachel is a highly experienced coach who works regularly at Penpol to support pupils, staff, parents and carers.

Sessions will run at 1pm and at 2pm and you are welcome to join either group. Please email us using this link and we’ll give you the Zoom details for the two sessions.

Online Training and Support
Time to Talk Newsletter

We aim to produce a wellbeing newsletter every Thursday packed full of activities and creative challenges – download the latest issue (and back issues) here.

Mental Health Support Team

Mrs Jessica Riches

Teacher and Bereavement Champion

Mrs Rachel Neve

Teaching Assistant, Lunchtime Supervisor and Trauma Informed Schools Practitioner

Mrs Bec Thomas

SENDCO and Trauma Informed Schools Practitioner

Mrs Mel Smart

Teaching Assistant, Nurture Lead and Trauma Informed Schools Practitioner

If you’d like to get in touch with anything relating to wellbeing please email in the first instance and we will get back to you.

We have a bereavement team of specially trained staff who can offer support to children and families who have suffered a bereavement of any kind.  We work closely with Penhaligon’s Friends and have a memory garden in school.  Our Bereavement Champion is Mrs Riches – please get in touch using if you’d like some support.

We have several policies which help to support the work we do in school – relationships policy, bereavement policy, SEN policy – please click on their names to view them.

It’s well known that we should all aim for 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, but there is also the 5 a day to support mental health:

5-A-Day for Mental Health


Talk and listen to family, friends and the people around you.
Feel connected.

Be Active

Walk, run, cycle, garden, dance around the kitchen!
Try yoga or mindfulness.
Move your mood!

Keep Learning

Read a book.
Learn a new skill.
Learn along with your child.
Cook a new recipe.

Take Notice

Remember the simple things that bring you joy and make time to enjoy them.
Take time out from your devices.
Spend time out from your devices.
Look around you at the changing seasons.


Do something nice for someone.
Smile and say thank you!
Volunteer your time to your community.

We will make suggestions of activities for each of these in our weekly newsletter.

Useful Links for Children

As a school we are in touch with many organisations which support mental health, for children, adults, families and staff.  Keep an eye on these links as we are adding to them all the time.

Useful Links for Adults

from the BBC

Other Useful Information

These services offer confidential advice from trained volunteers. You can talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how difficult:

If you’re under 19, you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline. The number will not appear on your phone bill.

This page was last updated:

25th February 2020

The Penpol Times