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.
Today our pupils from all year groups attended a fantastic interactive virtual workshop from the V&A in London, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. The workshop focused on 20th Century Art such as Art Deco, Modernism and Postmodernism and was led as part of the V&A’s Virtual Classroom programme. The workshop was...