Welfare at Kings’
Your welfare is of the utmost importance to us all here at Kings’. Sometimes when things are tough it’s hard to know where to start or who to turn to for advice, support, or simply a listening ear.
Asking for help
Kings’ is a friendly and supportive place and your tutors, Head of Year, and the Welfare Team are always available to listen. If you don’t know who to talk to you can contact any of the people below and we can put you in touch with a friendly face or a professional helper who is ready to be there, just for you.
Don’t be afraid to ask, you might be surprised how helpful we can be.
Designated Safeguarding Governor
Dr Steve Bailey
Mrs Berridge Guidance Manager
Mr Nichols Pastoral Support Worker
Mrs Laing Pastoral Support Worker
Miss Sketcher Pastoral Support Worker
Please email us. If you choose to contact the welfare team by email, please say “For the attention of the welfare team” – your email will be treated with the strictest confidence
Head of Year Teams
Year 7: Miss S Clarkson (HOY)
Mr E Owusu (DHOY),
Year 8: Mr S Simpson (HOY),
Miss A Sketcher (DHOY)
Year 9: Mr A Chainey (HOY),
Miss H Wood (DHOY)
Year 10: Mr M Gunning (HOY),
Mrs B Sessions-King (DHOY),
Miss N Stringer (DHOY)
Year 11: Mr C Marwood (HOY),
Mrs E Hicks (DHOY),
Mrs I Mackay (DHOY)
Imagine yourself walking up to centre court at Wimbledon. You are one point away from winning the final, raising the trophy and the hopes of a nation. However, it has been the toughest match of your life, your opponent has won the last 3 points and is set to come back. This could be the turning point of the match. You can feel the tension in the air, the sun is directly in your eyes and you have a bad habit of mistiming your serve when you are tense. Your heart is racing and your racquet hand is starting to shake. You’ve never been in this situation before. Imagine the thoughts that are going through your head. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just focus on the task at hand?
This situation is the perfect example of where the practice of Mindfulness can be helpful. Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment on purpose and without judgement. With practice, it is a technique that can alter our perceptions of a situation and allow us to respond skilfully rather than react as usual. Some sportspeople have found it helps raise performance and research has shown that it can help others cope better with daily stresses and lead happier, healthier lives.
Kings’ School is currently running a trial Mindfulness course for pupils based on the .b curriculum developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP). More information on Mindfulness and the .b curriculum being taught can be found on the MISP website.
If you are interested in finding out more about our Mindfulness at Kings’ School please get in touch.
Welfare External Links
If you have specific worries or issues, or want to talk to someone outside school, here are some organisations set up specifically to help you.
Beat – The Eating Disorders Association
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder charity. They began life in 1989 as the first national charity for people with eating disorders because of a merger of two local charities. Called the Eating Disorders Association, they have grown and developed over time to become Beat.
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline
- for health advice by text message
Talk to Frank
www.talktofrank.com is a site operated by Public Health England (“We”). Public Health England is an executive agency of the Department of Health and has an office at Wellington House, 133-155 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UG.
Drinkline, a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else’s. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)