PUPILS from a school for special needs welcomed St Helens North MP Conor McGinn to showcase their plans for Children’s Mental Health Week.

Penkford School in Newton-le-Willows invited Mr McGinn into the classroom to tell him about the activities they planned from Monday to play their part in raising awareness of issues of emotional health.

As well as touring the Wharf Road school and taking part in a question and answer session with Key Stage Two pupils, Mr McGinn was told about the on-site ADHD Clinic and counselling sessions that is available for students.

He also praised staff after the school won the award of ADHD Friendly School of the Year in the borough.

Head teacher Julie Johnson said: “The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is about being ourselves.

"It is about encouraging children to celebrate their uniqueness.

"We have a series of planned activities all week aimed at lifting spirits, improving moods and increasing self esteem and confidence.

"Emotional health and wellbeing is a priority for us."

The school's "Team around the School" multi-agency meetings, its use of military mentors and a new police prevention scheme was also discussed.

Mr McGinn also declared his support for mental health awareness events including Time to Talk.