Wellbeing at WBGS

Our students’ wellbeing is our top priority and we aim to ensure our students are mentally healthy and that if they face any issues, the school has the resources and knowledge to help.

We want boys to be able to:

  • Develop psychologically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually
  • Initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships
  • Use and enjoy solitude
  • Become aware of others and empathise with them
  • Play and learn
  • Develop a sense of right and wrong
  • Resolve (face) problems and setbacks and learn from them.

 

The whole school approach

Positive practices and environment for all pupils include:

  • Support and training for staff to build skills, capacity and their own resilience
  • A clear vision and values that are understood and consistently communicated – through assemblies, mental health ambassadors, and a growth mindset culture
  • A support network that enables pupils to develop social relationships – through our 50+ extra-curricular activity options, prefects, the house system, and learning support
  • A curriculum that values life skills, including social and emotional skills
  • Teaching that develops resilient learning
  • Effective partnerships with parents

Support systems for those at risk include:

  • Weekly pastoral meetings between SENCo, Head of Year and the Assistant Headteacher responsible for pastoral care for the relevant year
  • Targeted interventions based on the individual need
  • Learning Support, with an open door policy, self referral and a chill-out area available
  • Closer contact with parents as required

Additional support for the most vulnerable includes:

  • Personalised curriculum and exam access arrangements
  • Working together with parents and outside agencies

Safe Space

Since September 2017, WBGS has worked with Safe Space (part of the Hertfordshire counselling service). A counsellor is available to any student who requires it. Students can self-refer and the service is completely confidential. For maximum confidentiality students can refer by placing a note in the Confidential Box or by contacting Mr MacLeod. Alternatively they can ask any teacher, but particularly their form tutor or Head of Year.

External resources

The following resources may be helpful for those seeking professional help with their mental health: