"Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."World Health Organisation
At Kingsley, we pride ourselves on supporting children’s emotional and social wellbeing via our attentive approach and small class sizes. We actively promote positive mental and physical health for every pupil and member of staff. We strive to provide this wellbeing support on a general basis across the whole school with specialised, targeted support for those vulnerable individuals who require additional help during their time at Kingsley. Our approach includes focussing on the physical and musculoskeletal elements of wellbeing, by offering opportunity for exercise and outdoor activities for pupils and staff including access to the school gym. Pupils can also access wellbeing sessions in our Enrichment programme, such as mindfulness, positivity parties or yoga. Our catering team work hard to ensure that pupils have access to a healthy menu daily and will provide for all dietary needs. In addition to promoting positive mental and physical health, we have protocols in place to recognise and respond effectively to mental ill health. We recognise that statistically in an average UK classroom, three children may be suffering from a diagnosable mental health issue. By developing and implementing practical, relevant and effective mental health strategies and procedures we can promote a safe and stable environment for pupils and staff affected both directly, and indirectly, by mental health and wellbeing issues.
Whilst all staff have a responsibility to promote the mental health of pupils, those with a specific, relevant remit include:
Mrs T Ball – School Nurse
Mrs P Thomas – Counsellor
Mrs C McCullough – DSL Lead – Acting Headteacher
Mrs M Gamble – DSL – Head of Prep
Mrs D Morgan – DSL – Head of Sixth Form
Mrs M Bennett – Head of Year 13
Mrs C Partridge – Head of Year 12
Miss R Bubb – Head of Year 11
Mr J Smith – Head of Year 10
Mrs K Hughes-O’Sullivan – Head of Year 9
Dr A Smith – Head of Year 8
Mrs A Hawthorn – Head of Year 7
We also have a number of Mental Health Champions within the staff body who have already attended training on Mental Health Awareness and many are Mental Health First Aiders. Any member of staff who is concerned about the mental health or wellbeing of a pupil should speak to the Head of Year in the first instance.
The Kingsley Wellbeing Festival took place during lockdown on Friday 12th February and say Year 6 and Senior School students taking part in a whole range of online activities run by staff and Sixth Formers The day was capped off with a talk from special guest, Mrs Emma Alford, who delivered some fantastic wellbeing advice.