Supporting Mental Wellness – A Message from Our Headteacher

by Feb 5, 2021School

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we enter another week of Lockdown in the UK, we thought it was relevant to address not only how we support our children educationally, but also how we care for them pastorally.

The mental wellbeing of all our Moorland family is extremely important to us. We are aware of the pressures that the lockdowns have placed on all children and young adults, as well as parents and carers. At Moorland, we stand together in the sentiment that no one should feel alone in their struggles and that our door is always open to every member.

As a school we have an important part to play in the promotion of mental wellbeing in our students. The current situation has affected young people more than any other age group in the UK, with loss of time in school, less interaction with peers and essential emotional support services being denied. 

At Moorland, we aim and endeavour to continue to provide family-focused pastoral care to all of our students, whether they are here with us in school or learning remotely. On average, a child will spend over 7,800 hours in a classroom/educational setting, which makes school the perfect place to teach and promote positive mental health.

Mental health is defined as: “a state of wellbeing in which all people realise their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, achieve positively and is able to make a contribution to society.” We aim to instil and promote these qualities in our students, every single day.

As one third of the children at Moorland are boarding students, we understand the importance of promoting a sense of family, of trust and of belonging. This ethos flows through everything we do in school. We are your family and we are here to help our children thrive in a friendly, open and supportive environment.

Our overarching aim is to offer familial support to all our students in order for them to become composed, articulate, confident and happy individuals, even long after they leave our care.

As well as offering an ‘open-door’ policy within school we also offer:

  • The setting up of social Zoom meetings so that students can see and talk to their friends in a safe space.
  • Weekly ‘check-ins’. To check on how both boarders and online learning students are coping and if they require additional help.
  • Essential 1:1 pastoral meetings. Students are heard and listened to, no matter how small the problem. We have qualified, in-house staff, who are trained to deal with both emotional and social questions.
  • After traditional hours open dialogue with pastoral staff to allow any students the opportunity for confidential support.
  • Social engagement direct with staff, coaches, directors, teachers and other students through social channels promoting engagement and support and encouragement.
  • Webinars supporting parents to engage with children’s learning. 

We believe a firm focus on promoting mental wellness, resilience and emotional security is key in the development of happy and healthy children. At Moorland our holistic approach supports students in becoming the best they can be in all areas of their lives. This quality of emotional education has never been more important and we are here to offer provision to all, throughout this lockdown and beyond.

If you would like more information on how you can get additional resources or support, please contact either you childs teacher directly or feel free to contact myself.

Kind Regards

Mr J Harrison