We are in a time where there is a huge amount of pressure on our children and this can create a negative impact on both their mental and their physical health. We take the issue of well-being extremely seriously and work closely with outside organisations and professionals to ensure that we provide every support possible to our boys to enable them learn strong mechanisms to support the various elements in their lives.
We hope that this will ultimately provide the foundations required for a healthy body and mind as they grow through teenagehood and into valuable members of the adult community.
We will utilise form time, assemblies, PSHEE lessons or time on the sports field, taking every opportunity discuss the importance of regular exercise, sleep, hydration and a balanced diet. We are all aware of the press concerning technology, and particularly screen time, and how this has become an increasingly common feature in our boys' lives. We are very proactive in our delivery of e-safety guidance to boys and parents alike. Forming positive, healthy habits at a young age is vital, and as many of these habits will be carried on at home as much as at school, our ethos is very much to share information and suggestions with parents whenever possible.
We nurture strong self-esteem by ensuring we celebrate successes. From awarding house points and displaying work on classroom walls to 'good shows' with the heads, the confidence boost that comes from being recognised in public is something we never underestimate.
School rules, our work with the local community, and our wider relationship with global issues support our boys and their development as purposeful young men who will have the best interests of those around them at heart.
Emotional resilience is a key aspect of well-being and by providing our boys with all the tools they need to develop this we can help equip them to deal with challenges when they are faced.
Developing relationships with other boys and staff requires commitment, patience, empathy and humour, elements that are modelled by the staff and emulated by the pupils. When difficulties do arise, we aim to resolve any issues in a speedy and effective manner. The pastoral care demonstrated by all our staff means that the boys can feel secure in the knowledge they will be listened to, supported and treated fairly.
Helping boys find their own area of interest
The link between pastoral care and co-curricular ensure that we promote positive mental health through assisting our boys to find their own area of interest. Being deeply engaged by an academic subject, an extracurricular club or a particular school-based event allows the boys to lose themselves in their favoured activity, and these feelings of excitement and enthusiasm can very much strengthen an individual's sense of well-being.