Mental Health and Wellbeing Support


Penketh High School is committed to promoting children’s wellbeing and as part of our school values of developing students academically, holistically and giving them positive life chances, we have a range of mental health and wellbeing support for our students to access. We also recognise that Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs are a type of special educational needs in which children/young people may have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour.

Meet the Team


Students can access support in school via their form tutors, head of year, teaching staff and the wider safeguarding team.


Designated Safeguarding lead: Mr S Burke

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Practitioner: Mrs S Cameron 

Vice principal for Pastoral care and Support: Mrs C Lomax

Pupil Intervention worker: Miss S Plunkett

Designated Safeguarding lead: Mrs S Bewes


Mental Health and Wellbeing Support


We are also fortunate to have an Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) Maura Dorrian, from Warrington’s Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Maura works closely with our Senior Mental Health Lead for school, to discuss any students who may require a referral. Maura also recommends alternative services that the school can refer on to if the MHST service is not appropriate. You can find out more about the service offered by the Mental Health Support Team here:

Warrington also have a mental health and wellbeing offer for all children and young people, details of this can be found here

We also understand that at times our students may have difficult periods in their lives and they may need some additional support, if you or your child have a worry, you can email us at

For additional support that is available in the local area please see the signposting documents here:


For further information, support and resources to support Mental health please see the following links:


Winston’s Wish – giving hope to grieving children ( have some resources for teenagers who have experienced a loss:  






For specific support for those who identify as LGBTQ+ support can also be accessed from the following sources:


  • Warrington Youth Service TAGs (Teenagers, Gender and Sexuality) group
  • TAGS (for 17-24 year olds) “is a group which aims to help young people explore their transition to adulthood; develop support strategies; and challenge policies relating to the LGBTQ+ agenda. For more details about TAGS ring Sharon on 07717815859”


  • Youth TAGS (for 11-17 year olds) “is a group which aims to help young people explore issues around sexuality and gender. It also provides support to young people, wherever they may be in terms of their LGBTQ+ journey. For more details about Youth TAGS ring Jaime on 07775024897. The TAGS groups are part of Warrington Borough Council’s Youth Service.”  




For any children and young people who may need more immediate support or who are in crisis:


  • Warrington CYPMHS: 01925 575904 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


  • CYPMHS Response Team: 01744 415640, Everyday 9am to 9pm (emergencies only)  


  • Warrington Crisis line: 0800 051 1508 (urgent support, 24/7)


  • PAPYRUS (prevention of young suicide): 0800 068 4141                 TEXT: 07786209697


  • Samaritans: 116 123 or Helpline 08457 90 90 90 (UK)


  • Childline: 0800 1111


  • NHS: 111 is the NHS non-emergency number


In an emergency, you can call 999 or attend A&E