The pressure placed on young people, in all areas of their lives, means that many of them require some form of emotional support to develop resilience and overcome difficulty at some stage. In response to this, Wellingborough School has grown its Wellbeing Team to such an extent that it now has a standalone on-site Wellbeing Centre.
The Wellbeing Team offers guidance and support to pupils and their families. They recognise that change is difficult and work with the wider pastoral team to gain an in-depth understanding, to ensure every pupil feels supported as they integrate and transition into or up through the School.
The Wellbeing Team regularly deliver assemblies to pupils and staff. This invaluable time is used to address challenges that present themselves throughout education and within society, raising awareness on topics that have the potential to impact their lives. The team offers Restorative Justice and Mediation, creating opportunities to use a negative as a positive life lesson; this enables pupils to manage and resolve problems and become more independent. The Wellbeing Team also offer Guided Imagery as a therapeutic intervention alongside Mindfulness; these methods of relaxation concentrate the mind on positive images in an attempt to reduce pain and stress, which is particularly beneficial during exam periods.
A successful Emotional Literacy and Anger Management programme has also been designed by the Team and is delivered at an age-appropriate level. The programme looks to develop self-awareness and self-esteem, whilst learning how to recognise big emotions and develop healthy ways of coping with them.
Grief and Bereavement support is available from the School to support pupils and their families in their time of need and for as long as it takes.
Team teaching is part of the Life Skills sessions delivered by the team across all parts of the School, in order to build relationships when discussing difficult emotional topics. Pupils are encouraged to come and see the Team should they require support.
Wellingborough School recently received the Northamptonshire Education Awards Health and Wellbeing Award in recognition for the ongoing work and success of the in-house Wellbeing Team. The judges commended the Team for their outstanding work that has allowed many pupils to pass through their doors and make positive progress from a variety of situations. Special mention was given to the vast array of interventions available to support pupils and parents across all parts of the School that ensures the high rate of success. The judges felt that having an on-site, full-time, available team, acting as both a proactive and reactive intervention is without doubt a huge pastoral strength for the School.
Wellingborough School is thrilled to announce that the Wellbeing Team has been shortlisted for Independent School of the Year Wellbeing Award by the Independent School Parent Magazine. The finalists will be announced in October. The School is looking forward to embracing another opportunity to represent its pastoral strengths and commitment to pupil Wellbeing.