We place great emphasis on students’ personal growth and have a deserved reputation for delivery outstanding levels of pastoral care. Pupil wellbeing is achieved through a strong pastoral team and form tutors, together with our Chaplain, School Counsellor, and Mental Health Lead.
Miss Farrant was appointed in 2021 as the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead at the school. Farringtons’ pastoral care has always been fantastic and with the additional focus on mental health, a current and pertinent topic, the role has started to move the school to the next level of care and support for students and staff alike.
Large scale studies by the Department of Education have shown the positive effects from implementing a structure of this kind. Key benefits include pupils feeling better supported, increased confidence, coping mechanisms and an overall sense of happiness knowing there are trusted Sixth Formers to speak to.
Our Peer Mentors are a group of ten Sixth Form pupils who have gained the internationally recognised Level 2 Mental Health First Aid qualification.
In September 2021, the new Wellbeing Room opened its doors to staff and students, creating a safe space for individuals who need to clear their head with some quiet time.
The school Counsellor is available for appointments for all students.
There is increasing research into the beneficial effects of working with animals from the perspective of positive mental health.
We now have a wellbeing dog at school called Kiki. The cognitive, emotional, and physical benefits are numerous for pupils, as they have been found as a source of comfort and relaxation away from the usual school backdrop.
The Wellbeing Hub is a trusted source of support, offering advice to parents, pupils, and staff.
Our weekly, taught, Wellbeing lessons complement the values “caught” around every corner of our safe, oasis-like campus.