Our key focus as a school is to develop every child holistically. We strongly believe as a school community that for a child to flourish and reach their potential all their needs must be met. This incorporates the physical and mental wellbeing of every child. Many of the staff at SWR have received training in mental health with some staff undertaking more in-depth and specific training. Please take a look below to find out more about how we support those within our school community with their wellbeing.
All students receive a fortnightly Personal Development lesson, delivered by experienced staff. The curriculum explores a range of topics – many of which focus on physical and mental wellbeing (for example healthy eating and mindfulness). Such lessons, as well as wider lessons in the curriculum encourage the development and use of emotional literacy. Physical wellbeing is promoted as part of our PE and games programme, as well as our extra-curricular clubs.
We regularly get visits from external agencies who deliver assemblies and workshops on mental wellbeing. Some recent examples have included the I Can & I Am bus (workshops focusing on building resilience and self-esteem), On the Level (an interactive workshop exploring the development of the teenage brain and mental wellbeing), Chelsea’s Choice (dramatized story exploring online safety) and performers who have reiterated messages around mental wellbeing and confidence.
Wellbeing features termly in our assembly calendar and is supported on a weekly basis through our tutor team led by the Heads of Year.
We recognise that some students will need further support with their wellbeing from time to time. We have a fantastic support package managed by our pastoral team. Depending on the need, support may be offered by our Inclusion Support Workers, students may be referred to our onsite counsellor or referred into external agencies.
Where we identify a need, we also offer a range of interventions such as SEMH weekly sessions, based upon the ‘Talk About’ scheme of work. We also have a dedicated quiet room at lunch time where students that feel a little overwhelmed can feel comfortable in a smaller space. Plus, we run trips to Westonbirt to build resilience and communication skills.
We recognise the importance of extra-curricular clubs and activities as part of that holistic development and the role that it plays in a child’s wellbeing. Therefore, we offer a range of different clubs to encourage participation and positive wellbeing. We even have 3 members of staff completing yoga training and are looking forward to offering this in the near future!
Our school council is divided into four groups, one of the groups’ sole focus is health and wellbeing. Allowing students to drive and champion health and wellbeing in our school community.
Parents and carers
There may be times that, as parents, you would want to access advice and support with regard to your child’s wellbeing. We would encourage you to access the pastoral system by contacting your child’s tutor or Head of Year. We also offer parental information evenings around wellbeing and offer insight into specific mental wellbeing issues – such as anxiety – delivered by highly trained professionals. Parents and carers also receive the Holistic Herald, a newsletter that focusses on everything outside of the classroom that supports a child’s development.
The portal that we often signpost to our students to support with wellbeing is On Your Mind: On Your Mind Gloucestershire – children & young people’s mental health – NHS (onyourmindglos.nhs.uk). This portal offers a range of advice and access to appropriate organisations that parents, carers and students can self-refer into if required.