Wellbeing is a Priority

It was great to welcome all pupils and staff back to St Hugh’s after the latest, and hopefully last, Lockdown. Although our online provision had encompassed all the activities that take place in a typical week including all the academic subjects, PE, Music and Art, it was obvious that our pupils were very happy to be in school reunited with their friends again and the familiar buzz has returned to the corridors around the school. However, we are all conscious that this pandemic has had a wide ranging impact on all of our children.

Pastoral care and support have never been more important and it is crucial that we work together with families in this. To help us do this, we have invested in a ‘Wellbeing Hub’, developed by child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing experts, “Teen Tips”.

Initially this is providing a central, free resource for all parents, staff and carers and includes webinars, videos, resources and access to wider advice. Our agreement with Teen Tips covers our whole school community, and despite the obvious connection to teenagers, there is also a great deal of additional information that can support parents of children of all ages and a pupil hub, for our older children, is also in the pipeline.

We are delighted to be able to provide this for all of our families and firmly believe being able to promote positive mental health for each pupil at both home and school will bring enormous benefits for the St Hugh’s community. This is a crucial part of our determination that our children are well equipped for the whole of their educational journey.