"Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."
World Health Organization
Here at the Burgate School, we have an excellent reputation for the pastoral care we offer to all our students. We place real and significant importance on ensuring we create a learning environment that is safe and encouraging as well as exciting and challenging. Our student wellbeing team is well resourced and trained, with highly qualified, experienced and specialist members of the pastoral team, who work collaborating with young people, their friends and family, where appropriate, to support their everyday emotional needs.
Every student has a dedicated tutor, who they see every morning. During tutor sessions,
students take part in PSHE lessons, tutor or year group activities, 1-1 mentoring sessions
and so much more. The way the day starts is a crucial one, it sets you up for the day ahead.
Every student is part of a year group team and is led by a Head of Year. The Head of Year is
the key figure for your child in school, not only do they have an overall view of your child’s
academic progress and engagement in school, they also have your child’s wellbeing and
pastoral care at the forefront.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s head of
year in the first instance. They will guide you to the best person to help you or your child.
For head of year 7 contact HOY7@burgate.hants.sch.uk
For head of year 8 contact HOY8@burgate.hants.sch.uk and so on
For sixth form pastoral contact HOSF@burgate.hants.sch.uk
We recognise that at various points in a young person’s life, sometimes more specialist and targeted support is needed, for lots of different reasons. Our in-school Wellbeing team offer a range of support strategies, including well established links with external and independent charities and agencies.
The student wellbeing team, led by Mrs Heidi Shering (Assistant Head and DSL) consist of a team of highly trained professionals offering a range of universal support plans and strategies. We have an in-school counsellor, who offers confidential support and advice to individuals as well as works with small groups of young people to address self-esteem and low mood, developing sound self-help and long term coping strategies.
We have a youth support worker from the Salvation Army, who regularly comes to school and meets with individuals and groups of students. We have an Attendance Welfare Office (AWO), who is linked with family support and promotes good attendance at school. We have several ELSA’s (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants), who also have direct links with the Special Needs department. We have lunchtime nurture groups, breakfast clubs, Lego therapy sessions and peer mentoring.
As well as the help available in school, there are lots of very useful organisations and services our parents and students may benefit from:
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