Student Mental Health and Wellbeing for Students at KWS
At Katherine Warington School, we are committed to the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
At our school, we promote the five ways to well-being so that students are able to understand and help improve their own well-being and the well-being of those around them.
Our five ways to well-being are:
- Notice – We believe the first step towards improving mental health and well-being is for students to be aware of their feelings. We encourage our students through period 7 and in their own time to relax and meditate as well as be aware of their senses so they can feel more in touch with their environment.
- Connect – We encourage our students to talk and listen to each other, we encourage our students to spend time with their family and friends as well as volunteer for a good cause or get involved in something they are passionate about outside of school.
- Keep Learning – We encourage all of our students to keep learning every day whether this is inside or outside the classroom. We encourage them to try new things, visit galleries and museums, join clubs, set themselves goals and keep pushing themselves to their limits to realise their potential.
- Give – We all know that part of receiving is also giving and so we encourage our students to give and offer things to those around them so that as a school community we are able to lift each other up. Even if it is something as simple as smiling at someone in the corridor or asking how their day has been. We know that the small things help and can make a big difference to our school community.
- Be Active – it is proven that regular exercise is excellent for improving mental health. We encourage our students through period 7, clubs, PE, with our park and stride initiative and in their own time to remain active and spend time with their friends in team sports and walking or cycling to school.
Wellbeing Week 2020
To promote our Five Ways to Well-being we held a Well-being Week last year during lockdown, where many were struggling with their mental health and wellbeing most. To get outdoors and try new things.
For well-being week our students spent their afternoons completing activities set by the staff to promote students mental health and well-being this varied from baking, to walking to do to cooking dinner for the family and football practice. Once the students had completed their activity they would upload evidence onto their wellbeing week tracker and earn house points.
Our supportive approach doesn’t end with the students and families, it extends to our staff too. With our staff, it is our aim ‘To have a happy and cohesive, high performing team that ALL have an effective work-life balance.’
Our Staff Wellbeing Policy outlines all of the measures we take to encourage wellbeing among our staff and be a thriving and positive place to work. The wellbeing of our staff is paramount so our staff can perform to the best of their ability and stay motivated throughout the school year.
For our staff, we also work with health-assured that provide wellbeing services to our staff from mini health checks to home life support where and when it is needed.