The wellbeing of each girl is central to all we do.
At King’s we are wholeheartedly committed to providing the highest standard of pastoral care to all of our students. All staff play an active role in achieving this aim and our open culture encourages all students to share any concerns they may have so that they can be fully supported. Working together, our subject and pastoral staff, Matron and Wellbeing Mentor treat all students as individuals and our well established House families and peer mentoring schemes offer an additional level of support.
The team is led by Mrs Caroline Renton, Deputy Head – Pastoral, who is a pastoral specialist and the Designated Safeguarding Lead at School.
Throughout their time in School, each student’s overall welfare, well-being and academic progress is monitored and supported by a member of the Senior Management Team. This comprises:
Head of Key Stage 3 - Mrs Shirley Watson (Years 7-9)
Head of Key Stage 4 - Ms Celia Tedd (Years 10 and 11)
Head of Key Stage 5 - Mrs Murphy (Lower and Upper Sixth)
Head of Year 7– Mrs Steinhaus and her specialist tutor team, ensure that all Year 7s have a smooth transition as they progress from primary school, through Year 7 into secondary school.
Girls are arranged in forms in year groups, allowing the pastoral team to provide the best care for them and their needs at a particular age. The forms are created not on friendships but on ensuring a mix of ability and interests and are reconstructed in Years 8, 10 and Lower Sixth. This encourages girls to develop their social skills and to be able to work with any of their peers in and out of lessons.
We have an onsite Matron who is on hand for medical and emotional support.
Each form tutor has direct and daily responsibility for monitoring the wellbeing of their students and is able to provide advice and support as required.
From Years 7-Upper Sixth curriculum time is allocated to develop each student’s knowledge, understanding and skills, and this is through the personal, social, health, economic education lessons (PSHEE), Springboard lessons focusing on skills for life, Create and Curiosity lessons focusing on critical thinking and research and Your Future Programme, preparing our Sixth Formers for life after King’s.
We are committed to providing an holistic education for all our students. We believe it is vital that, alongside achieving their academic potential, our students also develop the skills and gain the experience needed to enable them to thrive and flourish in their everyday lives, whilst at school and beyond. We want all of our students to be happy, healthy, capable and engaged and our aim is to support them as they navigate today’s society and the challenges it presents.
Our wellbeing programme is covered in six strands: physical health, emotional health, perspective, engagement, healthy living and preparation for the future.
Our wellbeing programme is promoted and developed through the following areas and from September 2018 we are introducing an equine programme.
Through the PSHEE, Springboard, Create and Curiosity and Your Future programmes, we cover a huge range of age appropriate topics including friendships, healthy relationships, bullying, habits of happiness, mindfulness, resilience, growth mindsets, mental health, sexual health, sexting, financial literacy and careers.
Form Time Provision
In form time, tutors will use a series of activities focusing on: motivation, gratitude, mindfulness, relax, stretch, play, challenge and perspective.
With over 135 activities (and 36 subject workshops) on offer at lunchtime and after school, all students have opportunities to discover new interests as well as develop them. Any activity undertaken can enhance a girl’s well-being and with so much on offer from sports, music, crafts, drama, volunteering to joining a pop-up club such as walks, cookery or chilling out in the mindfulness space, the girls can really bring balance to their work-life experiences.
Whole school events
Bringing a broad range of external speakers into schools provides a wealth of expertise, whether for our Festival of Wellbeing week, which was 11-15 March 2019, or at specific points throughout the year to support certain areas of focus such as mental health awareness weeks or pop-up clubs.
- Wellbeing ambassadors – peer group support is exceptionally valuable and our Sixth Formers, who have received training in listening skills and safeguarding, can bring such “contemporary” wisdom and experiences to support younger students.
- Library resources – the library now houses dedicated sections of fiction and non-fiction relating to well- being for girls to dip into as they wish.
- Equine facilitated learning.
- Equine therapy.
Our equine facilitated learning and equine therapy programmes enable changes to happen in a student as a direct result of being in a relationship with a horse or horses, through horse related activities. The introduction of our equine programme in September 2018 is designed to offer an additional opportunity for students to develop life skills on an educational and personal level through their interaction with horses. The equine programme is open to every girl in school and is run by our Wellbeing Mentor, Emma Williams.
All King’s students and staff have the opportunity to actively involve themselves in our Wellbeing programme to improve and support their daily lives.
'Pastoral care is regarded as a great strength, and whoever you talk to, there is a sense that every girl is known as an individual within the school'. The Good Schools Guide 2018