All students belong to a tutor group and the tutor is the main point of day-to-day contact for the student and home. We have a strong pastoral support system for our students through their tutors and student managers.
We hope that students will remain with the same tutor throughout their time at the Academy. Heads of Year are responsible for the progress and care of the year as a whole. Each year group has a non-teaching student manager who is available during the day to discuss concerns, either in person or by phone. Staff also carry out home visits, especially for those families who find it hard to get to the Academy during the day or the evening.
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Here at the Wellington Academy, we understand that our students’ mental wellbeing is important and that positive mental wellbeing is fundamental to a child’s ability to succeed.
The Wellington Academy strives to raise awareness about mental health and to reduce any associated stigma. We aim to educate our students about the importance of mental health and broaden their knowledge and understanding to help empower them to effectively manage their own wellbeing in making healthier and more positive choices.
Below are just some of the ways that we currently support our students but we are continually reviewing and developing services based on valuable and relevant feedback from our students:
Service Pupils Support Club - This club is open to students across all year groups who have a parent(s) currently serving or has previously served in the Armed Forces. It's a lunch time group which takes place every Tuesday and is held in room 163. It's a relaxed group where students can bring/eat their lunch and snacks and drinks are provided. The club is supported by the NSPCC who work with Academy staff to deliver a wellbeing programme, covering some of the challenges that service children might face i.e. deployment, homecomings, change, stress, worry/anxiety etc. The group also allows students to meet others who may be experiencing some of the same challenges as them and can relate with true understanding
The Wellbeing Advisor works closely with many other charities and professional organisations within Wiltshire and has particularly strong links with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). We support children and young people and their families in completing appropriate referrals. More information about this specialist service can be found at:
For those young people who do not meet the thresholds of the CAMHS service, counselling support is available via other professional organisations (usually for a small fee):
Family Counselling Trust - http://www.familycounsellingtrust.org/WhatWeDo.html
Andover Mind - http://www.andovermind.org.uk/450-2
IMPORTANT - We advise that if you are seriously concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing that you request an emergency appointment with your GP. In extreme circumstances, you can visit your local A & E department.
Understanding mental health can be a complex and daunting thing, not only for the child/young person but also for family members and those caring for them. Below is a list of useful websites that can provide valuable information, advice, guidance and support to young people and their families about mental health as well as some free online courses you can take part in:
Anxiety – www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Eating disorders – www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Online Courses - https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/