The World Health Organisation describes positive mental health as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. The teenage years are both exciting and challenging for pupils, parents and staff, and it can often be hard to know whether a teenager’s feelings and behaviour are normal or becoming a problem. Whatever the case, we are here to support every step of the way.
Every child’s personal development and wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, with our commitment to a whole-school approach for our pupils, encouraging a positive culture that is weaved through the fabric of the school. We help our pupils to build their resilience and to develop a strong sense of wellbeing, making sure they know who to turn to when in need of support – whether they are having a tough day, feeling they cannot cope or going through a genuine crisis.
We are fully committed to teaching and imparting tools that empower our pupils to support themselves and their wellbeing. This is done through groups, assemblies, our tutor time programme, PSHCEE/Reflections sessions, Wellbeing Wednesday, external workshops and our one-to-one counselling service, with our Form Tutors and Heads of Year taking a leading role and liaising with parents where appropriate on pastoral matters.
This ‘Signposting’ document linked below is a helpful summary of the support that is on offer from organisations beyond the school’s provision for those who may need it.