Ever since we launched Virtual School and certainly on our return to school this September, we have been working hard to balance the challenges of our Covid situation with the strong desire to provide as normal a provision as possible for our students. This is so important for our young adolescents in Secondary who are dealing with a myriad of different challenges linked to adolescence, teenage life and their developing maturity. Their wellbeing, both emotional and physical must be a top priority.
However, we must also cater for the wellbeing of our whole community in these uncertain times and we want to do this in as varied a way as possible. These range from holding virtual Parent Information Evenings for our new to a key stage parents; Years 7, 10 & 12 to re-launching our popular parent Wellbeing Café. We will be following these with virtual Parent Evenings, Academic Review Days and also virtual Parent Voice meetings and are looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to participate.
Having as much accurate and timely information on all things happening in school is, we know, a reassuring place to be. In such unpredictable times, this can make for some frequent and detailed communication and I thank you for taking the time to read and absorb the messages that we are sending home; we know that our families lead busy lives but appreciate your commitment to working in partnership with us for the best of all the children.
If you have any concerns or suggestions regarding Wellbeing, please feel free to contact us. There are many very valuable websites available to get more information, a few of which I have listed below.
Young Minds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people and empowering their parents and carers. You can find a confidential parents helpline, info about their campaigns, their publications and help and guidance for children & young people.
The Mind Set is the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE and National students. It’s a bold campaign that features 12 student coaches from a variety of academic and diverse backgrounds. They have all recently taken their exams and understand the pressures involved. In a series of short clips, they offer practical and wellbeing advice on how to get through the stressful exam period.
Rise Above is a new website developed by Public Health England to boost resilience among 11-16 year olds by teaching them the skills needed to make better decisions
Head of Secondary