Message from the Wellbeing Lead
Our College motto is “Know Yourself”. To complement this as part of our commitment to the wellbeing of our children, staff and stakeholders, we have become one of the first schools to commit to the new Wellbeing Award for Schools. It is an award that recognises a school’s efforts to promote and protect positive emotional wellbeing and mental health education and support. The award requires us to develop an action plan to consciously recognise what we currently do and offer additional opportunities to support and promote mental health and wellbeing. I am leading the process and we would like some parental involvement to join the newly established “Change Team”. The “Change Team” will consist of teachers, parents, students and directors. If you would like to be involved, please contact myself on the school number (01538 493777).
Mr D J Bullock — Assistant Principal
Wellbeing Award for Schools
Main Objectives of the Wellbeing award
Have systems and external partnerships in place to support different types of emotional and mental health needs.
Work with the whole school community to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Ensure that emotional wellbeing and mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Commit to high-quality, ongoing professional development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Actively promote emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Vision and Strategy
Commit to a clear vision and strategy of how the school will promote and protect emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Signs of Stress
Possible warning signs include:
- Physical signs of harm that are repeated or appear non-accidental
- Changes in eating or sleeping habits
- Increased isolation from friends or family, becoming socially withdrawn
- Changes in activity and mood
- Lowering of academic achievement
- Talking or joking about self-harm or suicide
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Expressing feelings of failure, uselessness or loss of hope
- Changes in clothing – e.g. long sleeves in warm weather
- Secretive behaviour
- Skipping PE or getting changed secretively
- Lateness to or absence from school
- Repeated physical pain or nausea with no evident cause
- An increase in lateness or absenteeism