Wellbeing

‘Helping our students to stay happy and healthy, both physically and mentally, are our top priorities’

Pastoral care at KEHS is based on a commitment to work with each girl as an individual. As a small school, we know our students very well. Providing a supportive and nurturing environment is key if we are to 'allow children to be happy in their own way' (Samuel Johnson); good pastoral care means something different for every one of our students.

The quality of our pastoral care hinges on our approachability and willingness to listen. Form Tutors meet with the girls each morning, providing a regular point of contact. Tutors are supported in their role by the Heads of Year, the Head of Lower School, Director of Sixth Form and Vice Principal Pastoral. However, pastoral care is a responsibility shared by every member of the school community - subject teachers and support staff.

Naturally, students often also find strength through supporting one another. In the Lower School, each form has designated Sixth Form prefects, who meet with girls each morning and provide valuable information and guidance. When students join the school, they are allocated a "buddy" from the year above them, and during the transition year they meet regularly. The buddy can offer advice and the younger student can ask questions of an older girl who has "lived" the experience very recently.

Girls enjoy making a positive contribution to the community. Opportunities for girls to support others are provided, whether as a buddy, by fundraising for their form charity, running stalls at the fete, collecting food for the harvest festival, taking assemblies and contributing ideas to School or Food Council.

We strive to promote close relationships with parents as we work together for the wellbeing of all our students. Our aim is that pupils are comfortable in their own skin and learn to become increasingly resilient. Educating the girls about positive mental and physical health is essential. All teachers receive training in mental health and seek to use strategies to nurture pupils' self-esteem and self-confidence. Through Personal Decision Making (PDM) lessons, more commonly called PSHCE in other schools, we provide them with the knowledge and understanding they need in order to be able to make their own, well-informed decisions, not only during their KEHS careers, but also once they leave us as young adults. A multitude of topics are covered in the PDM curriculum, from e-safety, relationships and study skills, to radicalisation, women’s health and democracy. We provide a safe environment in which girls can explore how their feelings, bodies, relationships with others and world views are changing.

We recognise that the pastoral and academic elements of a student's life are completely intertwined and interdependent; all staff in school work together for the good of the girls. First and foremost, we want our girls to enjoy school and to be happy, safe and fulfilled.