Northfield School and Sports College is firmly committed to the principle that every child does indeed matter.
Our strategy is to achieve a suitable environment in which all of our pupils can succeed. We promote an environment in school where pupils who feel threatened or vulnerable can feel supported and be confident that their concerns will be listened to and acted upon.
Recognition of Quality
We take our commitment to pupil well-being extremely seriously and we work with several outside bodies, examples of these include Alliance and ABC Counselling.
Student Well-being Policy
Northfield School has a student Well-being Policy. This states that we consider all forms of bullying to be unacceptable and also the procedures which will be followed within school when an incident of bullying is reported. The policy is reviewed regularly by the well-being supporters group.
Student Well-being Supporters
The Student Well-being Supporters (from all year groups) volunteer on a daily basis, to support our students. They form a key part of our student well-being programme.
Sometimes just ‘being there’ is enough but this group of highly trained students ensure that whatever a student’s problems may be there is always someone near to support them. Student Well-being Supporters are enthusiastic, incredibly well-motivated and very approachable. They all wear the Student Well-being Supporters badge and embody our school motto ‘many minds, one heart’.
The Student Well-being Supporters Group help individuals, raise awareness through assembly presentations, involve themselves in fundraising for charities, maintain and run our well-being garden and Y7 well-being room and have taken part in in-house first aid training.
The role of a Well-being Supporter is to provide additional support and guidance to students within their year group. They will be a friendly face, a confidant, someone for other students to talk to and also act as a sign post to other areas of the school.
Every Thursday lunchtime, the 24 specially selected students will attend meetings with the Well-being Supporter coaches, Mandy Green and Ami Carroll. They’ll also take part in various training sessions to help them in their role with the help of Kate Kitchingman, Education Mental Health Practitioner from Alliance Psychological Services who will lead the training.
The role itself will provide beneficial skills to the students who have been selected as Well-being Supporters by helping to grow their confidence and teaching them essential skills such as listening, loyalty, kindness and positivity. It will also allow them to be involved in planning charity fundraising events and working in the Well-being Garden, an area that was created to give students additional outdoor space that can be used during breaks and lunch.
During their first training session, the students were given a selection of scenarios and asked to discuss in their groups how they would deal with each. The aim of group working is to help the students to get to know one another better and to increase their confidence in dealing with every day situations.
Mandy Green, Librarian and Well-being Supporter Coach, who has been involved in the project said: “The students involved have all shown that they have the skills and attributes needed to become a Well-being Supporter. We think it’s a really important role and it’s something that will not only help to increase their confidence but that they carry with them throughout their time at Northfield and beyond. We want all of our students to have someone that they feel comfortable talking to or confiding in no matter how big or small they think the problem is, whether that be a teacher, staff member or now a Well-being Supporter.”
If you’d like more information about Well-being Supporters, contact Mrs Green.