Good mental health means a state of wellbeing in which you can develop your full potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and contribute to your community. We recognise that everyday living brings stresses and concerns that may affect our wellbeing. Consequently, paying attention to our mental health is a positive and important life skill.
King Edward’s provision for pupils’ wellbeing starts with the expectation of kindness, respect, support, tolerance and trust, all widely given and deserved, as the context in which particular help is given. That help includes a range of support and intervention starting with staff who are all well trained in pastoral care and safeguarding:
We believe that young people should have agency over their own wellbeing. That is why listening is encouraged here. In addition to staff, a team of Peer Listeners (pupils trained in listening skills) works with individuals, small groups and Houses to provide a forum for pupils to share experiences and help them to reflect on, and find, solutions to their anxieties and concerns.
Wellbeing matters are overseen by the Deputy Head, Mr D Corran.
On Wednesday 1st December, five King Edward’s pupils produced wonderful spoken pieces in the Senior and Junior Heats of the Cranmer Awards held at Charterhouse School in Godalming. The Cranmer Awards are a national competition to promote familiarity with the Book of Common Prayer amongst young people and to develop their public speaking abilities. The...