For the purposes of our curriculum we will define wellness as: an active process of becoming aware of and making positive choices towards a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth which is linked to the World Health Organisation definition of health.
Physical wellbeing is crucial to enabling our students to be active, contributing citizens both during and beyond their schooling. Our Sports College legacy has provided us with a positive vehicle within and beyond the local community to establish our identity. This is very important to us and we will continue to build this aspect of our work.
Mental wellbeing and health provision are also an explicit, positive and proactive focus of our work as part of our Wellness curriculum.
Through their Wise Up Campaign, Young Minds state “Emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life. Evidence shows that mental health and wellbeing programmes in schools, can lead to significant improvements in children’s mental health, and social and emotional skills. Wellbeing provision in schools can also lead to reductions in classroom misbehaviour and bullying.”
With 80% of young people saying that schooling and exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health, we as an organisation have a responsibility to find the appropriate balance between academic attainment and focusing on promoting the wellbeing of students.
Our curriculum teaches the importance of a healthy active lifestyle as well as providing significant opportunities to participate and develop excellence in physical activity both within and beyond the curriculum.
We use the Wise Up to Wellbeing in schools as a framework for our work in order to ensure we are providing the best possible proactive and positive provision to protect the mental health of our young people.
Through the introduction and use of mindfulness and other courses throughout the school we seek to provide students with a range of strategies to identify and reduce potential negative impacts on their mental health before they arise. This, combined with a focus on our REACH characteristics will help provide the mental strength to cope with the demands of our ever-changing world.