How do we develop students’ confidence, resilience, and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy?
All students from years 7-11 have a weekly PSHE lesson. These lessons are age appropriate and relevant to keeping our students safe and aware of potential risks online and offline which may affect their well-being.
Mental health and well-being support are signposted around the school, reminding our students how to access support, should they need it.
We run a project specifically for our Year 9 black boys that allows them to explore their identity, culture, masculinity and well-being. This project is run by the much-acclaimed artist and mental health researcher, Kay Rufai.
We also facilitate a programme run by the Kiyan Prince Foundation with students identified in Year 11 that would benefit from life-coaching. This programme looks at supporting students to have a positive outlook and consider their decision-making options to keep themselves safe.
In addition, the following also support the well-being of our students:
- Assemblies: These are held well-being led by our Mental Health lead and raised awareness of the ‘Ask Twice’ campaign. This is a campaign we support all year round.
- Year 7 & 8 mentors: Our Year 12 students become ‘buddies’ for Year 7 and 8 students and this helps those being mentored to recognise that they truly are known and loved in our school community.
- Five Fingers of Faith: In Year 7 our students are introduced to this concept. Students are encouraged to identify five members of staff they would be comfortable talking to if they had an issue they would like to discuss. The staff named might be a Form Tutor, Head of Year or a teacher/member of non-teaching staff they happen to get on well with. The key is being aware of who these staff members are so that they can talk to someone readily should they need to. This is something that is then reaffirmed in Years 8-11.
- Student Welfare Manager: In ‘The Hub’ we have a safe space away from the main school where students can meet with our Student Welfare Manager and have a quiet moment should they need to. Our Welfare Manager also organises our in-school counsellors where appropriate.
- Pastoral Assistants for KS3 and KS4: Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) and Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) have a dedicated Pastoral A These assistants are non-teaching staff which means that they will be more available for students to talk to should they need to.
- Feeling Good Week: In February, we enjoy a week of activities and events centred around ‘feeling good’ and looking after our well-being. Our Mental Health lead met with the School Council to discuss what the students would like us to do during the week and together they came up with a schedule of extracurricular activities for the week to promote well-being for all.
- #WakeupWednesdays: We include all stakeholders in our well-being awareness work and to this end, every Wednesday we have #WakeupWednesdays which is produce by the National Online Safety. This is a one-page document on one aspect of well-being – it could be linked to online or offline issues – and makes all stakeholders aware of potential risks to the well-being of students in an accessible and informative manner.
- Extracurricular sport: Many studies have been carried out into the benefits of keeping active and enjoying sport. We encourage our students (and staff through ‘Football Friday’ amongst other things) to engage with sport outside the school day. The extracurricular sport on offer this year can be viewed here. In addition, the school has an equipped gym and students are given instruction on how to use the equipment in the gym and are encouraged to use the gym when it is open to their Year group.
- Extracurricular activities: We run a range of clubs and societies during lunch breaks and after school. These are attended by a wide range of our students. Our current list of activities is here.