King James's School


The health and wellbeing of everyone in the King James’s School community is something that we take very seriously. As a school we have presented our good practice locally at Northorpe Hall and regionally at Leeds Beckett University.

What we do for  students  - we have:

  • a full-time Welfare Officer (Mrs Atkinson)
  • a full-time Wellbeing Mentor (Mrs Norton)
  • PSHCE curriculum that includes units of work on physical health, sexual health and mental health.
  • exam stress workshops for students struggling with exams.
  • a Student Support Centre with Thrive trained staff to support our most vulnerable students
  • a core group of Senior Students who focus on health and wellbeing in order to develop new strategies and ideas and represent student voice.
  • close links with Kirklees Keep in Mind (mental health support team)

Find out more here

Our wellbeing team:

  • Liz Atkinson - Wellbeing officer
  • Yvonne Day - ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant) 
  • Janine Dean - SSC Manager and Thrive Practitioner
  • Carol-Anne Lockwood - human resources lead
  • Sarah Norton - Wellbeing mentor
  • Abbi Terry - Assistant Principal and Senior Mental Health Lead
  • Abi Williams - ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant) and SEMH/Thrive Mentor 

Mental Health First Aiders:

  • Sammie Kerrod
  • Nile Liburd
  • Carol-Anne Lockwood
  • Chris Mahoney
  • Abi Williams
  • Jo Williams

What we do for  parents and carers  - we have:

  • a large Pastoral team consisting of Pastoral Leaders and Assistant Pastoral leaders. They are non teaching, full staff members of staff.
  • 'Spotlight on' focus, which is shared with parents via the weekly bulletin
  • Termly Wellbeing newsletter written by our staff Wellbeing Champions. Previous newsletters have included features on Intervention at KJS: Intervention therapy; Bereavement; Movember; Time to Talk Day and 6 Weeks of Well-Being

Useful health and wellbeing links for parents and carers:

Read more here

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Mrs Terry on