Here at The Priory School we are keen to cultivate the emotional, physical and cognitive development of our students. This work pervades all areas of the community from the delivery of the curriculum to the support the year teams provide.
Each year group has a team consisting of form tutors, Head of Year and an Assistant Head of Year. This team moves with the student from Y7 to Y11 allowing time for the building of relationships and trust. In addition, there are non-teaching pastoral staff: Julie Laycock (Wellbeing Manager) and Sam Brazier (Attendance & Behaviour Manager). The team tracks the academic progress of each student and they liaise with Lawrence Foster (Deputy Headteacher Behaviour & Attendance) and Katie Southall (Head of Student Wellbeing) as well as the Heads of Department in order to ensure that appropriate interventions are in place to support our students.
The team closely monitors and supports the emotional wellbeing of the students in their year group.
Emotional and Physical Wellbeing Surveys
All Y7, Y8, Y9 and Y10 students complete an annual Wellbeing Survey. The survey is composed of questions which have been discussed, modified and agreed at our Student Leadership Committee. Results of these surveys are closely analysed in order to ensure that students are receiving the support that they need and that whole school issues are being addressed. The results of the survey are analysed by the Head of Year. Actions are agreed with the Wellbeing Manager (Julie Laycock) and the Head of Student Wellbeing (Katie Southall).
Support and Information
At school, we have a dedicated wellbeing base that students can use for break and lunchtime “drop ins” as well as to access 1:1 support. This resource is invaluable and has enabled students to worry less and engage with their learning. We have a range of external services that work in school to deliver counselling, dramatherapy as well as CBT.
We utilise services such as Phase, Step 2 (Tier 2), CAMHS (Tier 3) and Tilehouse Counselling to name a few.
Students also receive assemblies and form time sessions around wellbeing and mental health. Annually, we run a wellbeing day for our main feeder primary schools and we have events such as wellbeing week, feeling good week and a mental health awareness fair.
Staff also receive training in LGBT+ support and self-harm awareness. This year, 15 members of our pastoral staff will complete Mental Health First Aid training. Every half term parents have an opportunity to attend “parent information evenings” on topics such as the teen brain, LGBTQ+, Online Safety, general wellbeing, CAMHS services, exam support and dealing with anxiety.
For more information and support, please see the full list of websites and material detailed below in the parent section.
Citizenship (delivered during form time) incorporates PSHE into its programme (see Curriculum page). Y9 also have a sex education day.
If you would like more information on our SPD programme please contact Faye Nearney at school.
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.
www.likeitis.org.uk (Sexual Health)
www.fpa.org.uk (Sexual Health)
www.thesite.org (General Info)