Pupil Well-being

Maintaining positive mental health is a priority of pastoral care at St Christopher’s. We are aware of how areas such as anxiety, family difficulties, bereavement and exam pressure can impact on young people’s well-being. A significant number of staff have undertaken mental health first aid training and mental health is a feature of PSHE lessons, assemblies and study skills sessions. We regularly run mindfulness sessions in preparation for external examinations to help equip young people with coping strategies at pressure points throughout their lives.

We aim to foster an environment which:

  • recognises that each member of the school community is an individual with specific needs and strengths 

  • fosters mutual respect and concern for others 

  • values the contribution made by each member of the school community 

  • encourages and celebrates positive achievement 

  • actively supports those in need. 

St Christopher’s Well-Being Team includes counsellors, safeguarding leads and a wellbeing practitioner. Pupils can request support, or be referred by parents or teachers. We work with families and young people to offer in-house and external support tailor made for individual circumstances, making referrals to outside agencies
as appropriate. For further details, please refer to the school Well Being Policy on the website.

The Mental Elf

The Mental Elf's Guide to Sleep

Sleep is fundamental to both our physical health and our mental health, as such a large amount of scientific research has been done into the factors that help people to gain the vital sleep that they require. In this video some of the main findings are highlighted to help parent and students manage their sleep cycle. With repeated practise of these processes sleep should improve.

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