From the age of four, our girls are encouraged to find their own voices, to grow in confidence and to develop the resilience needed to try, to overcome obstacles, to re-group and bounce back.
Yoga classes and a wellbeing hub run alongside a full mental health awareness programme that includes a Big Sis/Little Sis buddy system, peer mentoring and weekly workshops on topics including healthy eating, anti-bullying and positive body image.
Mindfulness sessions are run during exam weeks while, every week, girls as young as four take part in ‘relaxercise’ classes covering meditation and cosmic yoga. At the upper end of the school, students from Years 11-13 can even gain a qualification in Mental Health First Aid.
We are the first school in the South West, and the second in the UK, to use the new wellbeing platform ‘Flourishing at School’ which enables our pupils to understand and maintain positive mental health.
The programme is based on leading psychologist Martin Seligman’s work on PERMA (Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishments) and has already proven incredibly successful in Australia.
Rather than seeking to identify those who are distressed, or potentially “at risk”, this innovative programme takes this positive psychology approach to help students develop the ‘pillars’ of good mental health to stay well and optimise quality of life.
Through surveys and regular check-ins, it aims to identify top contributors to each girl’s wellbeing. The results will inform each student’s individualised pastoral care plan as well as conversations between girls and their tutors focussed on the development of wellbeing knowledge and behaviours.