WELLBEING AT QUEEN ANNE’S SCHOOL
At Queen Anne’s we are committed to a holistic approach to education, blending academic excellence with outstanding pastoral care. Wellbeing embraces personal, social, health and economic education and citizenship; by doing so it enables children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who embrace British values. The school’s aims and ethos, and its core values, are at the heart of all we do.
We encourage our students to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help develop their sense of self-worth by teaching them how society is organised and governed, and ensure they experience the process of democracy through the school council and other student committees. This enables them to appreciate rights, responsibilities and what is means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
Houses also play an integral part in the Wellbeing of our students. House parents and their deputies lead strong pastoral team of Form tutors to support students, both academically and pastorally.
Wellbeing and citizenship is developed through house activities and whole-school events, e,g, fund raising and charity events. Each house is represented on the school council, which meet twice a term to discuss school matters. We also oragnise team building days, where there is a particular focus on developing pupils’ self-esteem and giving them opportunities to develop leadership and co-operative skills.
The Wellbeing programme provides an opportunity for girls to discuss relevant, topical issues. For some year groups Wellbeing it is part of the curriculum as a weekly timetabled lesson with a specified teacher. In other instances, the sessions are taught by the tutors in tutor groups. When possible we also organise Wellbeing mornings to teach specific areas e.g. sex education or self-defence, using professionals in the specific field. The emphasis is on active learning involving role play, group work, questionnaires and video related work.
The work of BrainCanDo is the development of a strong neuroscientific evidence base to inform and underpin education which further enhances the wellbeing programme. Several projects compliment the wellbeing programme further enabling us to understanding what is happening in the brain, to become happier, healthier people!
Wellbeing and citizenship is also taught through other subjects, e.g. when teaching about local environmental issues in geography, we offer pupils the opportunity to explore who is responsible for the planning of proposed local developments. There is a large overlap between the programme of study for religious education and the aims of Wellbeing and citizenship, we teach some of the Wellbeing and citizenship through our religious education lessons. Outside speakers play an important part in the programme diversifying the content covered in assemblies and workshops.
Topics covered included in the programme:
- Healthy lifestyle
- Tolerance for different cultures, religions, sexual preferences and political views
- Awareness of safety issues
- Understanding of what makes for good relationships with others
- Respect for others
- Being independent and responsible members of the school community
- Being positive and active members of a democratic society
- Developing self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
- Developing good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community
Sixth Form-Extended Studies
All students take part in this rewarding and enriching programme. We aim to encourage an interest in the outside world and to learn about the history of many aspects of modern life. Thorough independent thought and the development of an enquiring mind we hope that the girls will begin to question rather than accept issues ranging from politics to restorative justice and continue to reflect on their own wellbeing.
Different speakers are invited to the school each week and the topics cover such diverse issues as the Masai culture and their belief systems to the history in the United Kingdom.
In order to complement the work of our house teams, we have dedicated Counsellors, an Independent Listener, and Chaplain and Health Centre staff on hand to confidentially discuss issues that are concerning students.
A ‘Quiet and Strength Room’ is available for girls at lunchtimes staffed by the Pastoral team, there is a student leaflet section for students to collect useful literature relating to wellbeing and mental health. In addition to this, there are notice boards in houses which include school listing websites and telephone numbers of services which offer advice and support.
Each month we focus on an event our activity, for example, ‘Nice November’ highlights the positive effects of gratitude on personal wellbeing. We are looking forward to running our first Wellbeing Festival in the summer of 2020!
Feelin Good Poster
Fear and Anxiety
Ten Ways To Look After Your Mental Health
Student Glossary Of Services
Mental Health and Behaviour Information – Tools For Schools
Mental Health and Behaviour Information – Advice For Schools
Improve Your Self Esteem
How to Look After Your Mental Health
Coping With Self-Harm
A Parent’s Guide to Depression
A Parent’s Guide to Coping With Exams
If you are looking for more information to look after your own wellbeing and emotional health or you feel you need some support, this is a comprehensive list of services, websites and charities that are able to give you the support, information and help that you need.
Student Directory of Services