At The Abbey Junior School we aim to promote positive emotional and mental health and well-being for our whole school community, and recognise that it has equal importance to our physical health. We believe that a self-aware, resilient child is one who will get the most out of the opportunities available to her, who will develop both academically and emotionally and who will grow into a young person able to embrace the challenges that life offers.
All staff at the Junior School have a responsibility for pastoral care and the emotional well-being of our pupils, with Form Teachers providing day to day care for the girls.We offer a Listening Ear service for girls and, when appropriate, we work with girls and parents to manage concerns. Our curriculum includes Well-Being lessons in a number of year groups which, together with weekly Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) sessions, help girls to develop a toolbox of skills and strategies to recognise their emotions, manage stress and anxiety, raise self-esteem - and know how to find their inner calm. We regularly refer to the five winning ways to well-being:
Life does not always go smoothly, and we believe it is important to help our pupils develop a sense of perspective, enabling them, with adult support, to distinguish between the normal ups and downs of daily life, and more significant or persistent worries or difficulties. We also ensure that girls know that they can speak openly about emotional well-being, that they are equipped with the vocabulary to do so, and that they understand when and how they can seek help.