Imago – emotional well-being



The emotional well-being and mental health of pupils at Leopold Primary School is of paramount importance. Imago (movement therapy), Imago drop-in (lunchtime drop-in), and Mentoring pods (mentoring program) form part of our provision for pupils needing additional support to enable them access education and the school community as best as they can. As part of supporting our pupils we recognise the importance of supporting their parents and carers. As such, our community cohesion course* – The ‘together’ course is another way in which we are committed to helping the children and families of Leopold Primary School to thrive.

Imago (movement therapy) is provided by Mimi Cooper, a registered dance movement psychotherapist, who works with individuals and groups at both sites.

Movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body. Attending to both verbal and non-verbal communication, movement therapy is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage in a creative process using body movement, play and creative arts to assist the integration of emotional, social, cognitive and physical aspects of self.

Sessions aim to:

  • encourage communication
  • support the exploration of emotions and ideas
  • promote self-regulation
  • develop self-awareness (including body awareness)
  • facilitate the safe expression of feelings
  • build confidence
  • nurture a healthy self-image and sense of worth

    For more information please speak to Mrs Cheltenham or email:

Imago-time is a Wednesday lunchtime drop-in service that provides pupils in years 3 to 6 with the opportunity to meet with our therapist, both individually or as a group. Our self-referral system allows pupils to request ‘time’ (a 15 minute appointment slot) to talk about friendships, concerns or and worries they may have. Please note that imago-time is not therapy but a safe environment for pupils to express their feelings.

For more information please contact Ms. Ayo

As a placement provider for the Uniersity of Roehampton, Leopold Primary School facilitates clinical placements for Masters students from Roehampton’s MA Dance movement psychotherapy programme. For more information contact Mimi Cooper (Lead Therapist and placement manager).

Mentoring pods (our mentoring programme) are mentoring relationships for pupils who are understood to need a little extra support and focused attention. Each pod (small groups or pairs) is led by a designated member of our staff and meets regularly (approx. twice a week). This supports pupils to further develop their relationship with a full-time member of staff and provides a nurturing environment to support social and or peer engagement. It is understood that the social and emotional development in this micro environment in turn helps facilitate pupil’s relationships in the wider school environment.

The staff member takes a mentoring roll within the Pod modelling positive relationships. Through a range of child focused activities and building on pupil’s strengths and interests the Pod mentor aims to: support emotional wellbeing; encourage self-awareness and personal autonomy; and empowering them to fulfil their potential.

For more information please speak to Mrs Cheltenham.

mentoring pod

Empowering and Equipping Parents at Leopold School

The ‘Together’ course aims to empower and equip parents as they engage with their children and the wider community. It adopts a holistic approach, recognising that humans are relational beings (from the cellular to the cyber!).

It is based on the understanding that all humans have certain physical and emotional needs in order to be healthy and happy in life. When these needs are not met we can experience stress, anxiety and anger which can lead to mental health issues.

As we grow and develop we need others to provide a nurturing environment for us. We in turn also need to give nurture as well as receive it. This enables us to thrive, fulfil our potential and contribute to the lives of others, most importantly our children.

Quotes from Participants:

“The ‘together’ course was very enjoyable and not only good for our children’s wellbeing but ours too. An excellent opportunity that must not be missed” (Participant).

“The course has given me confidence about my parenting skills and has given me an insight into how to enhance my relationship with my children. I felt part of a special journey, expect the unexpected!!! Fun and powerful!” (Participant).

“An amazing journey well worth taking! Great tips for the children and parents” (Participant).

“The course has helped me build better relationships with my family, others around me and more so helped me embrace the importance of ‘taking-time-for-myself’. It was so much fun building a ‘school-family’ bond with parents” (Participant).

The ‘Together’ course is written and facilitated by dance movement psychotherapist Mimi Cooper. email:

For details of the next running of the course please speak to Mrs Kendall.

*The ‘Together’ course supports Leopold’s commitment to nurturing cohesion (tolerance, respect, integration) in the community by providing an opportunity for parents to: build positive relations with other parents; interact with people from different backgrounds; and create links within the local community. Moreover, the ‘together’ course endeavours to provide an inclusive environment which promotes equal opportunities irrespective of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.