Good mental-health is every bit as important as good physical-health. The new Boarding Aims below have been adopted from the NHS pathways to good mental-health and each aim is designed to promote and develop well-being and mental strength and resilience.
We recognise that students have many questions, concerns and worries at this time. Understanding and accepting the current situation along with reflecting on individual's experiences over the last 6 months is important and students need help and support from the pastoral teams to do this.
Heads of Houses have been trained to support the mental-health issues associated with students working remotely from home. Heads of Houses are conducting daily House meetings by year group to address concerns and the very real issues of this pandemic. Students will have the opportunity to stay connected to their House and school through discussion and consultation on a number of issues, from drugs awareness to proposed changes to the school day.
Heads of Houses continue to support individual students on Welfare Plans where necessary, and are also able to refer students for individualised support from either Mr Cherry or Mrs Beecham as appropriate. We have made more counselling slots available to more students who are able to self-refer in the normal way or who may ask their Head of House to arrange an appointment. All students are entitled to 4 free counselling sessions and may then access paid sessions after that. Students who receive Pupil Premium may have 7 subsidised sessions and then additional paid sessions if they so wish.
The academic and pastoral progress and development of each student is monitored daily and audited by the Senior Leadership Team each week to ensure that no child is left behind.
We have made more counselling slots available to more students who are able to self-refer in the normal way or who may ask their Head of House to arrange an appointment.