Student wellbeing is a priority at Hellesdon High School and we are proud of the support that we are able to offer to our students. We take a whole-school approach to mental health and encourage students to think about both their mental and physical wellbeing by sharing relevant information during tutor time, throughout assemblies, within the curriculum, in our school bulletins and across the school's notice boards.
Our dedicated team of staff, which includes our Wellbeing Coordinator, Miss Thetford, our Mental Health First Aiders and our large team of Pastoral workers, focus on assessing students' individual needs and help them to access the right kind of support by recommending in-school support or by making an external referral. We also have a team of Year 12 Mental Health 'Peer Mentors' as well as 'ChatHealth Ambassadors' who support their fellow students and promote wellbeing across the school.
Wellbeing support offered in school
Students at Hellesdon High have access to a range of varied forms of wellbeing support, including:
- One-to-one sessions with a counsellor
- One-to-one sessions with a youth worker
- One-to-one sessions with a therapist
- One-to-one or group sessions of Art Therapy
- One-to-one or group sessions with our local Pets As Therapy dogs, Inca and Millie
- 'True Colour' workshops for selected Key Stage 4 students, which help support confidence, body image and anxiety.
- A 'Reflection Room' for bereaved students
Groups that promote positive wellbeing
We have a number of groups and events that happen throughout the year, that promote positive wellbeing across the whole school. Some of these include:
- The HHS SHIELD Group (Supporting Hellesdon's Inclusion, Equality, Love and Diversity) run by Miss Baker
- Exam Stress support groups, which starts in the build-up to exams
- Lego Club, run by our Sixth Form Peer Mentors for Year 7 & 8 students
- Hellesdon Heroes, a group for Young Carers
- H2Youth Club, a small nurturing group
- An annual Wellbeing Event which usually takes place in the Spring Term
If you have a concern about a young person at Hellesdon, please speak to their Head of House who can help to ensure they get the support they need.
Children & Young People's Health Services for Norfolk
Tel: 0300 300 0123
Young people may need or may prefer to access external support themselves. This can be helped by a visit to their GP; by talking to school or parents; or by contacting organisations directly. A good way to get advice is by contacting the Children & Young People's Health Services for Norfolk. Anyone can get in touch and if more specialist help is needed, they will make sure you get to the right person or organisation.
ChatHealth Text Service
Tel: 07480 635060
(for text messages only)
We encourage our students to use the ChatHealth text service if they are struggling and find it hard to verbally talk about their issues. Young people can discuss many issues including, bullying, eating, anxiety or sexual health. All you need to do is text the number above to start a conversation and a school nurse will promptly reply.
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