We appreciate this is a very difficult time but we want to reassure you that the same levels of care and support are available whilst school is closed.
Communication remains open between pupils and all staff through school email. Pastoral support in the Junior School is provided by the Class Teacher but if additional support is required, Mrs Aldeen (EYFS & KS1 Lead), Mr Lewis (KS2 Lead), Mrs Shuttleworth (Deputy Head & DSL) and Mrs O’Donoghue (Headmistress) are available. In the Senior School, pupils may contact any member of our teaching staff or Heads of Year for support or advice. In addition to this, the Pastoral Office remains open during school hours and Mrs Walter and Mrs Wadeson can be contacted by phone and/or email. Please see the School Contacts Information document below:
Useful Links to Support Wellbeing
Visit the Headspace website for guided meditations, animations, articles and videos, all in the distinct Headspace style. You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with our free Basics course. If you enjoy it, then it’s time to subscribe. Once you do, you’ll have bite-sized minis for when you’re short on time, exercises to add extra mindfulness to your day, and hundreds of meditations on everything from stress to sleep.
Calm is a meditation and Sleep App that you can try for free.
Smiling Mind is a mediation app. Its purpose is to equip ‘young people with the integral skills they need to thrive in life’ by teaching them the skills of mindfulness meditation.
A fitness app that includes yoga, meditation, HIIT and Barre. It’s free until the end of July if you sign in using your school email.
The following websites offer advice and on how to support your mental health
Their purpose to ‘stop young people’s mental health reaching crisis point’
Their mission ‘to make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.’
This website has specific tips and expert advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing if you are feeling worried or anxious about coronavirus or are feeling anxious in general.
This website has videos, articles and information, giving advice on how to look after your wellbeing.
Description: a downloadable guide for children about coronavirus.
Useful Pastoral Links To Help You Support Your Children’s Wellbeing
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Website: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/ Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.
Description: an educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
The Child Bereavement Network
Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.
Useful Links for Parents
Here are some resources and websites designed to help you keep your children safe whenever they use technology away from school.
Get Safe online: http://www.getsafeonline.org/
Digital Parenting magazine http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
Internet Matters http://www.internetmatters.org/
NSPCC Net Aware https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Advice on setting up Parental Controls: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls