The Grange Primary School tell Radio Oxford about Make Me Smile


Last week, we visited Year 6 pupils at The Grange School in Banbury with Kat Orman from Radio Oxford. We talked about their experiences of our Make Me Smile programme, why they became a Mental Health Awareness Ambassador and raising awareness of mental wellbeing within the school.

We met with children from the Year 6 classes who had completed the Make Me Smile programme, taking part in the session we delivered to them and then teaching the same session to their Year 3 peers. They also supported the school to host a whole school Make Me Smile day.

We were thrilled to hear how positively the children felt about the project and what it meant to them. As they explain in the interview, ‘no-one should feel alone or worried and if they are feeling like that, they shouldn’t be afraid to talk to someone.’

We also spoke to Donna Dunleavy, Children and Families Officer at The Grange who further explained that ‘so many schools don’t talk about mental health… but children suffer too… the project stops children worrying and gives them the tools to sort and solve their worries.’

Thank you to all the children who took part in the interview - you were so brave to share your experiences and it was lovely to hear how the programme is making you smile!

You can listen again below.

Nick Gulliver