At Wootton Park School, we embrace well-being as a powerful tool to growing the capability, independence and resilience of our learners and staff, enabling them to realise their richest potential. We foster in learners and staff the ability to solve their own problems, generate their own opportunities, equipping them to thrive in their future lives and careers.
We are working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the Wellbeing Award for Schools focuses on ensuring that as a school we are providing and practicing effective support for both staff and learners with regards to the emotional wellbeing and mental health.
As a school we are committed to achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools to both acknowledge what we already do within our community of stakeholders, but also to find additional areas to develop.
The Wellbeing Award for Schools consists of 8 objectives:
Objective 1: The school is committed to promoting and protecting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health by achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
Objective 2: The school has a clear vision and strategy for promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health, which is communicated to all involved with the school.
Objective 3: The school has a positive culture which regards emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all.
Objective 4: The school actively promotes staff emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Objective 5: The school prioritises professional learning and staff development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Objective 6: The school understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the whole-school community and has systems in place to respond appropriately.
Objective 7: The school actively seeks the ongoing participation of the whole-school community in its approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health.
Objective 8: The school works in partnerships with other schools, agencies and available specialist services to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
As part of the award process we have asked all stakeholders (learners, parents and staff) to complete an evaluation form regarding the schools current provision, thank you to all those who participated in this feedback. All views and opinions are extremely important to us and help us to develop our wellbeing provision further.
The final step of the award process is the verification visit, where a representative from NCB and the Wellbeing Award for Schools will assess our provision based on our evidence. If successful, we will receive the Wellbeing Award for three years.
How do we already support learner and staff wellbeing at Wootton Park School?
- We offer wellbeing coaching sessions to learners on a 1:1 or group basis, depending on need
- We deliver a wellbeing enrichment programme, supporting vulnerable learners throughout the school
- We offer wellbeing and school nurse drop ins to support learners
- The Education Support Partnership is available to support staff
- We deliver targeted interventions such as Confidence, Anxiety and Resilience to suitable learners
- Anti-Bullying Ambassadors work towards promoting a positive atmosphere within the school and eradicate bullying
- Wellbeing forms part of the overall school development plan to improve the school experience for all learners
- We refer learners to the school nurse, CAMHS, the Lowdown or other relevant services, as required
Based on analysis of all stakeholders’ feedback, received from a variety of sources, our key foci are:
- To widen Core Professional Development for staff.
- To promote talking about healthy lifestyles to enable learners to understand how to develop physical and mental fitness.
- To offer parents and carers information, support and signposting guidance with regard to wellbeing through presentations and workshops in school.
- To open more lines of communication / provision for learners to access support