Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health
The Wellbeing of each pupil is central to all we do.
At King’s High, we are proud of our excellent work to promote the wellbeing of every student to enable them to navigate today’s society and the overcome the challenges it presents. Members of the Senior Management Team lead the wellbeing programme and our commitment to positive mental health is reflected in designating a Senior Mental Health Lead.
The core aim of our Wellbeing Programme is to develop an enriching and uplifting culture of wellbeing for students and staff in order to actively promote happiness, positive mental health and emotional wellbeing throughout the school.
The culture of wellbeing at King's High focuses on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give.
We are wholeheartedly committed to the very highest standards of holistic education to ensure that a supportive culture of wellbeing is embedded fully into the lived daily experiences our student, helping them to develop the lifelong habits and routines of wellness to enjoy a rich and flourishing life.
Our wellbeing programme is promoted and developed through the following areas:
Our PSHEE, Springboard, Create and Curiosity and Your Future programme cover a huge range of age-appropriate topics including friendships, healthy relationships, preventing bullying, habits of happiness, mindfulness, resilience, growth mindsets, mental health, sexual health, financial literacy and careers.
With over 135 activities (and 36 subject workshops) on offer weekly at lunchtime and after school, all students have opportunities to discover new interests as well as develop them. Any activity undertaken can enhance a student’s wellbeing and with so much on offer, from sports, music, crafts, drama and volunteering, through joining a pop-up club for walks or cookery, to chilling out in the mindfulness space, students can really bring balance to their work-life experiences.
In form time, tutors carefully monitor and support the wellbeing of each of their tutees, exploring topics including motivation, gratitude, mindfulness, relaxation, play, targets and goals, challenge and perspective.
Whole school events
Bringing a broad range of external speakers into schools provides a wealth of expertise during our annual Festival of Wellbeing Week. Externally run talks and workshops are also called upon to support whole school events such as Mental Health Awareness Week, Anti-Bullying Week and LGBTQ+, Black and Women’s History Months.
- Wellbeing Ambassadors – peer group support is exceptionally valuable and our Diana Award trained ambassadors offer great wisdom, kindness and expertise to support younger students. Recently, for our Festival of Wellbeing (available to download at the bottom of the page), our Wellbeing Ambassadors have organised a Wellbeing Fair and a number of wellbeing workshops and external speakers for our students.
- Library resources – the library houses dedicated collections of fiction and non-fiction relating to wellbeing for students
- Dedicated wellbeing area in our Quiet Zone, situated outside the library, and pictured below.
For external support, we are able to recommend a wide variety of organisations. The organisations found at the link below have been recommended by staff, King's High or external professionals and organisations such as social services.