Health and Wellbeing
Wellbeing is a priority across the Leicester Grammar School Trust and in 2022 we achieved a nationally recognised Wellbeing Award for Schools. We are committed to promoting and protecting emotional well-being and mental health, as evidenced in our Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.
We have recently developed a wellbeing hub within the school which offers pupils a quiet space if they need time out for reflection and the opportunity to talk to one of our well-being team. One room is dedicated to our counsellors as a confidential space for 1:1 work.
Wellbeing Manager - Rebecca Dockree
The Wellbeing Manager, offers support to students dealing with emotional health and wellbeing issues.
She has over 16 years’ experience supporting school children with any worries, issues or concerns they may have and in additional she has 10 years of safeguarding experience. Appointments are made on a referral basis via the pastoral team, school nursing team and pupils are able to refer themselves by email directly email@example.com
Rebecca offers a safe non-judgemental environment for pupils to explore their thoughts and feelings by allowing them to talk and be heard while supporting them throughout their school life.
The service is confidential however, if a student does make a disclosure during a meeting, Rebecca has a duty of care to share this information with the knowledge of the pupil in order to ensure the young person is protected and the correct support in place.
Leicester Grammar School and Leicester Grammar Junior School Strategy for Mental Health and Wellbeing
The main aim of this strategy is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all children, staff and parents in our school community. This strategy is aligned with our Trust vision to ensure the provision of outstanding education for every child. The Trust aims to empower staff and parents to raise aspirations for all children and to nurture their ambitions for future success, as highlighted in our mission statement and school aims:
The Leicester Grammar School Trust seeks to be an inspiring centre for co-educational excellence in academic and personal development, within a Christian ethos.
In order to fulfil this mission, the school aims which specifically support mental health and wellbeing are to:
- Provide a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum.
- Offer a rich range of co-curricular opportunities which enhance pupils' physical, cultural and personal development.
- Equip pupils with the self-belief, consideration and skills required for a principled and fulfilling life.
- Create a happy and mutually-supportive community of learners and staff, in which each individual is encouraged and enabled to do and be their best.
- Care for the mental and emotional wellbeing of pupils, and be proactive in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
- Welcome pupils of diverse backgrounds and faiths, nurturing their social and spiritual development.
- Foster a generous contribution to charity, community service and society.
These aims are underpinned by the school values (as chosen by pupils and staff):
- Respect: for self, others and our environment; kindness, courtesy, humility, tolerance, care, encouragement
- Trust: honesty, integrity, responsibility, self-discipline
- Courage: determination, resilience, perseverance, commitment, enthusiasm, self-belief, challenge
- Curiosity: independence, initiative, creativity, spark, self-awareness, scholarship
- Community: equality, service, empathy, compassion, collaboration, inclusiveness, selflessness
We believe everyone within the school community has the responsibility to promote positive mental health, to recognise and understand the risk factors surrounding mental health and wellbeing and to develop the protective characters which build resilience to mental health and wellbeing difficulties.
We place wellbeing at the heart of our school and recognise that mental health and well-being has the same importance as physical health and that there is an impact upon the ability of pupils to learn and achieve. By working together, we can build an environment where the whole school community; staff, parents and pupils, can thrive.
What are we going to do?
In line with our mission statement and school aims, we seek to educate and develop the whole pupil; challenging, stimulating and supporting throughout their personal and academic journey. Our approach to mental health and wellbeing is integral to this.
Aims and objectives
- To develop a mental health and wellbeing ethos and curriculum throughout the school community
- To embed and support well-being through our PSHE curriculums; Jigsaw and Life Education which includes Mindfulness
- To monitor pupil well-being, both formally and informally
- To provide specialised intervention and support where higher needs are identified
- To address misconceptions and stigmas associated with mental health and wellbeing
- To ensure appropriate training and support is in place for staff mental health and wellbeing
- To ensure effective communication is in place between all stakeholders when considering mental health and wellbeing
How will we achieve this?
- Whole school surveys and questionnaires, including well-being scores, Three Houses pupil questionnaires.
- Parent, teacher, peer and self-identification of needs
- Boxall profiling
- Mental health triage analysis
- Annual review of Jigsaw/Life Education curriculum to ensure that all relevant topics are comprehensively covered.
- Annual review of RSE curriculum
- This will be enhanced by relevant form time discussions
- Forest School
- Relax Kids
- Wellbeing leads appointed in each school
- Wellbeing manager
- Counselling service provided by RELATE
- School Nurses
- More intensive one to one support where needed
- Close work with external agencies to ensure most appropriate support is in place
- EHCP TA support
- Employee Assistance Programme to offer support for staff
- Sixth Form Student Support Group to work alongside staff
- Overall monitoring of academic support.
- Regular age-appropriate celebration and reward assemblies to recognise achievements in supporting wellbeing/demonstrating resilience.
- Targeted co-ordination of academic support where needed
Extensive Co-curricular and Enrichment programme across both schools to offer opportunities beyond the classroom supporting our community
Pastoral staff training and supervision
- An extensive and expanding pastoral team (for further information refer to the well-being accountability framework), who undertake targeted training through attendance at specialist training events throughout the year
- School nurses participate in regular supervision meetings
Training and support for all stakeholders
- Range of CPD opportunities in place for all staff (e.g. Senior Mental Health leads have completed role specific training whilst other staff have completed MHFA training and Place2Be Mental Health training)
- Staff wellbeing initiatives (e.g. staff social events, wellbeing walks, use of recreational facilities, staff lunches)
- Webinars and workshops for parents, informed by parental voice
- Operate an open door policy for stakeholders to voice their opinions
- Student council, Sports Leaders, Anti-bullying ambassadors, Playground Pals and prefect team to provide feedback on perceived strengths and needs within school.
- Questionnaires to provide broader view of attitudes to mental health and wellbeing
- Whisper (an anonymous reporting tool) and Worry Monster
- Pupil led assemblies
- Pastoral lunches
- Pupils interview staff members
- Booklet for students and parents created, including relevant information and advice
- Ongoing development of website wellbeing page
- Availability of relevant literature around school for pupils and in Reception for parents and visitors
- Helpline posters around school, which are regularly reviewed and updated by the pastoral team
- Wellbeing library which is accessible to staff, pupils and parents
- Feel Better Newsletter
Whole school engagement
- Mental health and wellbeing evenings focusing on specific areas as identified by staff and parents.
- Mental health/wellbeing focus days throughout the year
- Consultation about policy development
- Key safeguarding topics are identified during pastoral review meetings and addressed through year group or key stage specific or whole school events (e.g. mental health focus day) and through visiting speakers and webinars
- PSHE Curriculum (Jigsaw and Life Education) covers safeguarding topics
- Pupils and parents sign a computing acceptable use policy
- Education for a Connected World curriculum reviewed by staff to support pupil well-being
- Raising awareness of protected characteristics amongst staff and pupils
Liaison with Director of Learning Development and other SEN staff to identify and support students social, emotional and mental health needs.
- Wellbeing Manager provides a listening ear which acts as a stepping stone to counselling, pupils are able to self-refer
- RELATE provides one-to-one support for students when referred by a member of the pastoral team
Clubs and societies
- Exam stress
- Spectrum (LGBTQ+)
- Inclusion and Diversity
- Lunch Club
- Knitting for mindfulness
- Eco clubs and Wombles
- Morning Mile
- Reading Club
- Plant in Every Classroom Club
- Drawing, Colour and Chat Club
- Provide a quiet, safe space for students
- Well-being Library
External agency collaboration
- Autism Outreach
- ADHD Solutions
- School Nursing Team
- Eating Disorders team
- Operation Encompass
- Early Help
- Leicester and Leicestershire Special Educational Needs Service
- SCS (Specialist Children’s Services)
- Clinical and Educational Psychologists and Psychiatrists
- Police Liaison Officer
Rewards and celebrations
- Regular age-appropriate celebration and reward assemblies to recognise achievements in supporting well-being/demonstrating resilience.
- End of year celebration of achievements - awards for resilience, perseverance, achievement and efforts