Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our pupils and the wider Shrewsbury House community is at the heart of all we do.
We provide a safe and secure learning environment where teachers and pupils feel confident sharing conversations around this subject. We recognise that early help and support is fundamental in addressing any issues or challenges that pupils may be facing. Our approach aims to enhance confidence, capability, and creativity and to boost emotional intelligence, resilience and self-worth. Pupils understand that it is ‘okay’ not to feel okay, and that talking about our emotions can help us to become more resourceful and overcome challenges. Through dedicated PSHE lessons, the RSE curriculum, assemblies and discussions we aim to help pupils to develop coping strategies that they can employ both at school and in their wider lives. The voice of the child is of paramount importance and we ensure that our pupils know that there is always a trusted adult that they can talk to no matter what their concern or worry.
One of our initiatives this year was to support ‘Inside Out Day’ as a part of Children’s Mental Health Week. The campaign’s aim was to raise awareness and encourage young people to start talking about their mental health. How someone looks on the outside may not necessarily reflect how they are truly feeling on the inside, so it is important to always be kind and think of others. We encouraged the boys to turn their clothes inside out to get important conversations started. No one should be embarrassed about how they feel.
We invite speakers and organisations to enrich the curriculum and ensure that we prepare the boys ahead of experiences they are likely to encounter in the months and years ahead. In this way, we develop young men with a self-confidence and awareness of themselves and others.