What is Wellbeing?

When we have good wellbeing, we feel good and we function well. We have positive relationships and some control over our life. We have feelings of happiness, contentment, curiosity and engagement and have a sense of purpose. Added together, this gives us a positive experience of life.

The best way to improve wellbeing is through understanding that:

' Wellbeing is important for me'

'There are things I can do to improve my wellbeing'

Although other people can support us to be happy and healthy, we have the best chance of being able to stay happy throughout our time in school if we learn how to take responsibilty for our own wellbeing.

At The Kingsway School, we recognise that factors in and out of school can cause significant disturbance to our wellbeing, and emotional health. We recognise that all children should have access to support to help them overcome obstacles, trauma and build resilience. A whole school approach to supporting the development of good mental health if identified by the Department for Education as a positive factor for child and adolescent mental health. A robust approach to wellbeing will be supported both through the curriculum and the Emotional Well Being Lead.

Our Vision for Emotional Wellbeing at The Kingsway School

  • Our students will be emotionally intelligent and emotionally resilient, equipped with the key skills they need to grow and thrive
  • Our students will know when and where to go for support when faced with challenges and will be able to access that support when it is needed
  • Our students will be supported to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Our students will be given the skills and knowledge to understand and respond to the difficulties children and young people face and we will ensure that information, advice and support is readily available to them
  • Our students will be supported to improve and protect their own emotional wellbeing by being equipped to identify and respond to levels of stress and challenges

Below are some useful links to improve wellbeing, resilience and decrease stress:

If you are struggling with low mood, depression or mood disorders, Moodscope offers an on line personal mood management tool that effectively measures and tracks your moods.

Steps for Stress
This website covers practical ways for you to start dealing with stress.

Get self help
This website offers CBT self help information and resources including therapy worksheets, useful for home.

Be Mindful
The Mental Health Foundation wants to make mindfulness available to everyone. This website is useful for parents who want more information about mindfulness, mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

Counselling and Wellbeing Services

We have a wide range of counselling and wellbeing services available to students. Details of these are below. If you have any queries about how we support wellbeing at The Kingsway School, please email ewb@kingsway.stockport.sch.uk

School Nurse
Jayn Seedhouse
  • Health Issues
  • 'Drop In’ sessions, Tuesday and Friday 9:00 - 2:30
  • Sexual Health Advice, Tuesday
  • Link with Central Youth
  • Supporting PSHE lessons 2 days
  • Safeguarding
  • Group work and 1:1 support
Mosaic Worker
Zoe Cropper
  • Advice, information and support regarding drugs, alcohol and health.
School Age Plus Worker
Sarah Milner
School Age Plus Worker
Keith Farr
  • Early help and support re: Attendance, home visits,
  • Interventions: Parenting work issues at home, help with setting routines
  • Signpost/link to other services
  • 1:1 Support for students and parents
  • Wednesday 8.30 onwards
Link Social Worker
Stacey Flynn
  • Liaison worker between The Kingsway School and Social Care.
Commando Joe
  • It’s not about shouting orders and military manoeuvres. It’s about finding fun ways to help children discover strength of character, positivism under pressure, and resilience in the face of whatever life throws at them.
Judith Bailey
  • Specialising in Person Centred Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and member of Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
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