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As a school, we value family and community. Together, we support each other by giving our time, our kindness, our love and our compassion to those around us.

As a result of this support, everyone is included so that we grow into respectful and resilient members of the global society in which we live.

At Sandal Castle our curriculum is driven by wonder, curiosity and high aspirations to inspire a life- long love of learning.

Our values underpin our vision and as a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, we interpret them through our understanding of important bible stories such as when Jesus fed the five thousand.

To further support the growth and understanding of our values with our children, we represent them through these characters.

They are:

Safe Daley, Lucy Learn, Katie Kind, Harry Helpful and Ruby Respect.

Welcome to our Mental Health and Well-Being page

Mental health and well-being and the Church of England vision for education.

The core of the Church of England’s Vision for Education is underpinned by the belief that education should support human flourishing, or ‘fullness of life’. This should equip children and young people in their understanding of who they are, why they are here, what they desire and how they should live. The vision also puts emphasis on a rounded education which should equip young people with strong foundations that will carry them through into adulthood.

Our school values and vision statement mirrors the Church of England's vision for education, ensuring an holistic approach to nurturing the whole child, our staff, families and community. Our aim is to put well-being at the heart of school life.

We aim to develop resilience, nurturing confidence and self esteem within our school and wider community:

  • Belonging – encouraging good relationships: concentrating on positive times and places, remaining hopeful about new connections and having people in your life you can count on.
  • Learning – having opportunities in and outside of school to develop interests, talents and life skills, including mapping out or having a view to the future.
  • Coping – embedding the skills needed to manage the knocks of everyday living like problem solving, staying calm and leaning on others if needed.
  • Core self – developing those things that help children and young people to develop a strong sense of themselves, including ways to build and nurture their confidence, self- esteem and character.
  • Accepting – starting with exactly where a child, young person or family are at, even if it means being at a very sore point, returning to ‘unconditional positive regard’, which means trying not to judge people and appreciating them or their basic humanity come what may.
  • Conserving – holding on to anything good that has happened up until now and building on it. When there is so much difficulty around, ‘preserving’ the little positive that there is becomes even more precious.
  • Commitment – staying in there and being explicit about what your commitment can be. Being realistic about what’s doable and not giving up or expecting things to change overnight.


WF- I CAN is an online resource for young children and young people in WAkefield.

Follow the link below to access the resource...