Zenith Minds

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Zenith Minds






What is Zenith Minds?

Not every young person is on the same journey – but as teachers and parents we want to help each individual to thrive. Some young people need extra help to overcome their difficulties and fulfil their potential. Personal issues such as mental health or wellbeing concerns, tough circumstances like family related issues or bereavement can become a barrier to engagement and success at school.

Zenith Minds is here to help schools and young people bridge the gap for additional support. It is MAT wide provision that offers a child-centred approach, it brings together a variety of support to help each child achieve the best possible outcomes. This service has been created for students of our growing family of primary, secondary and teaching schools.


Who is Zenith Minds for?

The provision is for pupils of all schools within Zenith. Young people are referred to us when school staff believe they need specialist support to thrive. There are many reasons why this may happen, but they include mental health, safety and wellbeing issues.


How are young people referred to Zenith Minds?

When school staff refer a young person to us, we assess their circumstances and needs. If the young person is likely to benefit from the provision, they will be able to access it within two weeks of the referral.


How is the specialist support given?

Each child’s provision is shaped to their personal needs. They can access it via a welcoming and bespoke provision, located on the periphery of one of our school sites. We can also provide additional support within the pupil’s existing school, or create a plan that includes provision both at their own school and at our provision.


What might the specialist support involve?

Support is tailored to each individual young person and involves partnership between Zenith Minds, the pupil’s school and their family or carers, and will include appropriate and relevant external services and agencies. The latter might include educational psychologists and counsellors. Zenith Minds staff include the Director of Student Welfare, Zenith Minds Manager, Student Welfare Officer, Zenith Minds Support Assistant and Family Support Worker.


What does Zenith Minds aim to achieve?

Our work is designed to provide additional support for each young person, enabling them to fulfill their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.


Life at Zenith Minds

Zenith Minds provision has been created to provide specialist bespoke support in a welcoming, safe and relaxed environment.

 A downstairs lounge converts to a classroom with circular desks, while the lack of a teacher’s desk means curriculum sessions are informal and engaging. A kitchen/diner offers opportunities for pupils to develop social skills and is a friendly space for informal meetings with parents. Additional rooms provide a safe and unthreatening environment for counselling and other support sessions.

Daily life at Zenith Minds is tailored to each young person. Some will attend for the whole day, others for part of it. A number of pupils will combine time at the provision with time at their own school. Regular light-touch mentoring, group and one-to-one sessions to help young people address and work through their challenges and issues. Zenith Minds is all about creating the conditions where young people can become fulfilled and ready to thrive in their own school. Each individual is different and, although pupils will generally attend for 12 weeks, this period could be shorter or longer depending on their particular needs and the progress they make.


Referring a young person to Zenith Minds

Step 1:

A student’s need for support is identified via the school safeguarding and pastoral teams.

Step 2:

A referral is made to Zenith Minds if the school deems that additional bespoke support is needed.

Step 3:

The Zenith Minds team works with the young person, the school and their family to agree an appropriate personalised support plan.

Step 4:

Zenith Minds engages with families and external agencies, seeking alternative support where needed. All involved work closely with the school, student and their family to give them the support they need to become able and confident to thrive in their own school.