We are committed to providing a holistic education for all our pupils and deliver Wellbeing across the curriculum. We believe it is vital that, alongside achieving their academic potential, our pupils learn skills and have experiences that enable them to thrive and flourish during the school day and prepare them for life beyond school. Our community wide emphasis on wellbeing, together with age appropriate wellbeing sessions equips our pupils to do this. Wellbeing at The Wellington Academy is separated into six strands: emotional health, spiritual health, physical health, living in community, healthy living and preparation for the future.
Between joining The Wellington Academy at Year 7 and leaving at the end of Sixth Form, pupils at The Wellington Academy will have received a comprehensive Wellbeing curriculum specifically focussed on supporting and improving their personal development. All teachers at The Wellington Academy are involved in delivering aspects of the Wellbeing curriculum and form tutors also play a major role in supporting pupil wellbeing and development.
Our programme covers a range of age-appropriate topics including; relationships, anti-bullying, mindfulness, British values, financial literacy, online safety, SRE, mental health and careers.
The Wellington Academy is committed to promoting Wellbeing, from Year 7 through to 6th Form. This is done in an array of different ways from having an online ‘worry box’ on the school website to peer mentoring run by sixth formers for younger pupils. We understand that a healthy community involves all its members and we seek to enhance staff wellbeing as well as supporting and engaging with parents in their vital role. Furthermore, we maintain strong relationships with our Military community and all the local Wellington schools.
In addition to our Wellbeing curriculum, our pupils are supported by structures and staff to provide support. Our Phase Leaders, Heads of year, form tutors and student managers are often the first point of call for pupils and parents. In addition, we have an on-site Wellbeing Advisor, first aiders and a school nurse who visits fortnightly offering a drop-in service. Pupils are also supported and guided as they make decisions about their futures by our Careers Manager, Head of Sixth form and Sixth Form tutors.
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.
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.
Please click here for info about support available for low income families
Are you feeling unhappy, worried or concerned about something at home, please get in touch here
Here at the Wellington Academy, we understand that our students’ 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:
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:
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/