The wellbeing and mental health of young people is increasingly in the news and on the agenda of schools, employers and government departments. The direct link between happiness and academic achievement is becoming firmly established, with reports from organisations such as the Department for Education, Public Health England and NHS Scotland all stressing the causal relationship between student wellbeing, academic attainment and pupil health.
At Queen's College Prep we have always instinctively known that girls can only reach their true potential if they are happy and well supported at home and at school. We know that the emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. For this reason outstanding, individualised and proactive pastoral care has always been at the very top of our agenda. We believe that happy children are far more likely to be successful pupils, and happy, successful pupils are far more likely to become contented and prosperous adults. Good mental health allows children to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.
We know our girls extremely well, and we quickly spot when one of them might be acting a little differently or seems to be struggling, for whatever reason. By working closely with our families and by intervening quickly, we can usually put in the help and support they need to quickly bounce back to their usual self. We also measure our pupils attitudes to school each year to make sure that we are able to identify any trends and address any issues that may be bubbling under the surface before they become a problem.
However, there are times when a pupil might need a little extra help, and having the opportunity to talk with someone outside the family or school setting can, in many cases, help a child to deal with a particularly difficult issue they are facing. The QCPS Counselling Service supports the School’s extensive system of pastoral care, offering 1:1 therapy sessions for girls and support for parents through an expert external provider who comes into school.
To find out more about the QCPS Counselling Service please download the leaflet below. Please note that there is a charge for this service, with fees paid directly to the Counsellor.