We believe that in order to be successful in education and in life, everyone must look after their mental wellbeing. This is why we have two full time School Counsellors, who are available to provide therapeutic support to students, as well as wellbeing check-ins for teachers. Typically, a student would arrange to speak to a School Counsellor on a weekly basis, for as many weeks as they need. This process has boasted some wonderful results.
In addition, every student takes part in weekly Personal Development Sessions. These are designed to help each student reach their personal potential and can include setting goals, developing career plans and covering targeted programmes like anger management or behaviour plans. The sessions are delivered by one of our Student Support Team, who closely monitor their student’s progress both academically and in terms of their motivation and confidence. This allows any potential obstacles to be identified early and where necessary, a counselling or interventions programme put in place. The Student Support Team work in partnership with students’ families, acting as their advocates during educational meetings, ensuring that the right level of support is available at home, as well as at school.
We have also included an in-depth PSHE programme into every student’s curriculum, with a focus on developing their understanding of wellbeing, social skills, personal and online safety, sex and relationships, as well as many other issues relevant to young people’s emotional health. All teachers are trained to a high level on safeguarding issues and young people’s mental health, so we are able to work through any challenges as soon as they come up. This whole process is overseen by our Head of Safeguarding and Wellbeing, who is passionate about helping our young people grow into happy and well-adjusted adults.