“Committed to Brilliance”
Mental Health and Wellbeing
At King Edward VII Science and Sports College, we firmly believe in promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.
We understand that by prioritising the wellbeing of students and staff and embedding mental health into the curriculum, we are able to provide a school community in which everyone feels supported, safe and happy.
The college is committed to systematically reviewing and delivering a PSHE curriculum which reflects both local and national agendas with the view of supporting and safeguarding our students.
The College works collaboratively with local universities and agencies commended by the Department of Health and Department of Education to enhance the wellbeing provision for students and staff. Recent examples include working with; ‘WORTH – IT’, Positively MAD, The Art of Brilliance and Relate Counselling to further aid and embed positive mental health and wellbeing into the learning environment.
In order to support the individual needs of students we have constructed and implemented a wellbeing programme, delivered by the college’s team of experienced and designated Wellbeing Tutors.
These initiatives currently include:
- Mindfulness; being mindful NOT mind FULL!
- "You're Worth It"; developing self-esteem for girls.
- “Brilliant Destinations”; ensuring students apply and secure a destination of their choice.
- “Music Maestro”; combatting negative thoughts through music therapy
- “Unlocking Potential”; strategies to help boys achieve their social and academic potential.
- “This Girl Can!”; supporting girls unleash their potential.
- “All Different All Equal”; helping students to embrace their individual traits.
- “Positive Minds”; strategies from established cognitive behavioural therapies that help students’ to practice and embed positive ways of viewing the world and therefore themselves.
In addition to this, a dedicated team of Sixth Form ‘Peer Ambassadors’ are trained to provide peer to peer coaching and academic support.
The college has a designated mental health champion, a wellbeing coach who meets with students and staff on a 1:1 basis and a school nurse who is available every Monday and Tuesday lunchtime for drop-ins and every Tuesday for pre-arranged appointments.
As a result of our hard work and commitment to promoting and pursuing the positive mental health of students and staff, we are delighted to be working towards the Wellbeing Award for schools. This is a nationally acclaimed school award recognised by the Department of Health and Education; implemented by the National Children's Bureau. We are being strategically advised and guided by the Bureau to ensure our ‘wellbeing programme’, in its entirety, continues to effectively support and promote the positive mental health and wellbeing of students and staff.
Websites & resources
Health for Teens
A one stop resource which features bite-sized information on a comprehensive range of physical and emotional health topics, from healthy eating and body image to managing stress and advice on relationships, puberty and sexuality.
Website - www.healthforteens.co.uk
Kooth offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11 – 18 years and is available up to 10pm every day.
Website - https://www.kooth.com
Young Minds is a Charity that offers support and raises awareness of young people’s mental health. They have information on a range of mental health conditions and experiences of young people accessing mental health services. They offer parent helplines and training for professionals to raise awareness and understanding of mental illness in young people.
Website - http://www.youngminds.org.uk
The Mix is a digital charity which provides information and emotional support to young people under the age of 25 through virtual channels, including websites, mobile apps, social media and a helpline.
Website - https://www.themix.org.uk/
Young Minds – Support for parents
YoungMinds Parents’ Helpline is a free, confidential helpline for any adult who is concerned about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Telephone - 0808 802 5544
B – eat (Beating Eating Disorders) Youth Helpline
Information, help and support for anyone affected by eating disorders.
Telephone - 0845 634 7650 (Monday to Friday, 4.30pm to 8.30pm; and Saturday, 1.00pm - 4.30pm)
Hope Again is a website for young people going through a bereavement.
Website - http://hopeagain.org.uk
Don’t be a zombie
This site is aimed at combating the issues associated with drug and alcohol abuse among young people in the UK. The site provides information and harm reduction advice around drugs and alcohol including tools that that can be used by young people to address substance related needs.
Website - http://dontbeazombie.co.uk/the-project/
MindShift is a free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, the app enables you to safely face and manage it. The app also offers strategies to manage worry, panic, conflict, along with a range of relaxation exercises.
Mindful Gnats App
An app to help young people develop mindfulness and relaxation skills.
Website - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mindful-gnats
An app and website designed to help anyone learn mindfulness and meditation. It has hundreds of themed sessions on everything from stress to sleep.
Website - https://www.headspace.com/
School Nurse Service
Students can also contact a public health nurse for confidential advice and support via a secure text messaging service, Chat Health. The service is staffed Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm (excluding bank holidays).
Text number - 07520 615387
If you require any further information about our current wellbeing provision, please contact Ms Aylmer – Family Liaison and Intervention Lead.