Year on year, we receive recognition for our excellent work to support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of our whole community. Our award-winning programme underpins all that we do in every area of our school, and we work to continually strengthen and develop our support structures to help pupils thrive in today’s demanding and ever-changing world.
Every child is supported and encouraged to be their very best self, and to value and nurture their own happiness and wellbeing. Staff are proactively supportive, as well as being there when there’s a problem, to ensure that our children are as happy and confident as they can be. We aim to ensure they are armed with the knowledge and sklls to recognise and manage their emotions, and to cope when faced with unexpected challenges, upsets or set backs.
Children who are happy are better learners and make better progress. It’s a simple fact. It is our job, in partnership with parents, to equip our children to navigate any obstacles that might crop up whether at home or school, so that they develop into resilient adults.
How do we ensure that our children are happy and resilient? Our pastoral care programme will mean different things in different contexts; it might involve one-to-one counselling, guiding, reconciling, peer support, mentoring and nurturing of pupils mixed with promoting and supporting self-efficacy, healthy risk-taking, goal setting, negotiation, reflection, empowerment and a welfare network. It might be all these and more, but most importantly, it will be a blended approach unique to every individual child and every family.
Thorpe Hall School has carefully created an environment in which pupils feel safe to push boundaries and challenge themselves. Annual events that focus on Wellbeing and Mental Health are established highlights of the school calendar; favoured due to the wide-range of activities on offer including: Forest School, Mindfulness and Breathing – Yoga, Bootcamp, Drama and Music, as well as the children developing the strategies needed to develop holistically.
You can find further information and resources for pupils and parents to support mental health and wellbeing here.