Mental Health & Wellbeing
Mental Health And Wellbeing
The Archbishop’s school is committed to creating a nurturing and inclusive community for all. We believe that students’ emotional and social development is essential for them to progress academically. Our focus on nurture extends to all members of the school community. We feel that in order for all students to feel safe and engage with high quality learning, it is important to invest in Wellbeing and Mental Health support for all staff.
The Wellbeing Lead is available to students across the school to access support and guidance when they require this.
PSHEE lessons provide an opportunity for students to engage in dialogue about common mental health needs and develop appropriate decision making and other life skills to help them with self-management and to increase awareness of support services available.
Coaching is available through relevant trained staff. Alternatively, a range of Mentoring support services are available in the form of peer mentoring, or pastoral mentoring on a one-to-one basis.
Safeguarding and Online Safety is paramount to ensure students’ and staff safety on a day to day basis. Safeguarding is overseen by a team of Designated Safeguarding Officers plus students are supported through pastoral staff teams and counselling links.
Tutor Time and Assemblies are used to share important messages regarding wellbeing, extend learning and give time for discussion. External services and events are also promoted through visiting speakers delivering assemblies.
The school promotes a range of Counselling Links. A school counsellor is resident within the school on a weekly basis and students are seen on referral. The school has a strong link with Therapy Partners, a local counselling service, and students and families are supported on referral. The school also utilises the services of CAMHS, Early Help and the School Nursing service where appropriate for students.
The Learning Mentor supports students, upon referral via the Student Support Managers, to develop their learning skills and manage their academic studies in order to enable them to develop a positive school/life balance. Students are guided in developing skills to enable them to self-manage their learning independently.
The Wellbeing Hub provides a comfortable and supportive space giving students time and space to reflect on their issues during the school day under the supervision of pastoral staff.
Pastoral Staff Teams are available throughout the school day to support students wherever necessary. Each year group has a senior member of staff overseeing the work of a Student Support Managers and team of Tutors. Students can access support through Tutor Time or simply by approaching relevant staff in the Student Support Centre and Sixth Form Office as necessary.