Student wellbeing is at the centre of everting we do at Stanborough. We promote positive wellbeing across all aspects of school life.
We promote positive mental health through our pastoral system, our Life Skills and CSE lessons and across all other areas of the curriculum as well as through assemblies, sport, House events and drop-down days.
Our tutors and pastoral team are key members of staff when it comes to promoting positive wellbeing and are the first port of call for students who need support.
Students sometimes need help when struggling emotionally, psychologically, or physically. We have a number of services which can support students and a range of experienced staff who can help signpost students and parents to the most appropriate support. If you would like to talk to someone about your child’s wellbeing, please contact your child’s head of year in the first instance.
We have a number of different types of support on offer at Stanborough:
Our trained peer mentors in Year 10 and Year 12 work with students in younger years to support them in dealing with friendships, self-esteem, anxiety about school and other concerns students may come across during their time at school. The mentors meet their mentees once a week for a term and foster a relationship with them over this time.
Sometimes students require adult support to help them overcome issues at school and / or at home. Members of the pastoral team or other appropriate staff around school, including those in the SEND team, mentor a student over a six-week period. They may work with them on organisational skills, talk to them about home or school, put in place other support and be someone to go to if things are not going well.
Student and family support worker
We have two student and family support workers who work with young people, and where appropriate, their families, to support students in overcoming a range of issues that might affect a young person such as anxiety, bereavement, exam stress etc. They also run a Young Carers group and a Free to Be group for students exploring their identity and / or sexuality. The support workers work with students on a weekly basis for up to an hour over a six cycle. Drop ins are also available at lunch times for students who have not been referred. Referrals are completed by the student’s year leader.
At Stanborough we have a trained counsellor who works with a small number of students each term. This is a specialist and confidential service for students who need targeted support.
Our Life Coach works with individuals and groups of students who are lacking motivation / aspirations or who are struggling with their behaviour in school and / or out of school. The sessions take place each week for up to an hour over a term.
Our inclusion base is staffed throughout the day with specialist staff. Students go to Compass for a variety of reasons including for respite, health reasons or to catch up. We also have a Green Room for students who are in crisis and a sensory room for students who may become overwhelmed during the school day.