Wellbeing is not a given in life and is something that needs to be worked on as much as physical health. Felsted’s holistic approach to mental health challenges is to look at the needs of everyone within the broader school community.
We want to deliver well-adjusted young people who are happy; happy in themselves, happy in their relationships with one another, and happy with who they are, ready to go out
and face the world. And that is why wellbeing matters at Felsted.Chris Townsend, Head
Felsted’s holistic approach to mental health is to support and promote the wellbeing and good mental health of all those in our community, including pupils, staff and parents. We aim to create a culture of awareness of mental health needs, with no stigma or discrimination, providing high quality mental health training for all. Wellbeing is not a given in life and is something that needs to be worked on as much as physical health.
Felsted puts pupil wellbeing at the heart of everything we do and we have long had a range of strategies to help pupils negotiate the pressure of growing up and being an adolescent in the changing modern world.
We teach all our pupils, from the youngest years, the importance of mental health, whether it be through PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) lessons, peer counselling, yoga or mindfulness lessons. It forms an integral part of our pastoral care offering with all our staff equipped to understand and look out for the mental wellbeing of their pupils, whether in the boarding houses, classrooms, at lunch or in co-curricular activities.
A massive support network underpins our care for each child, which includes a house parent, tutor, teachers, matron, chaplain, peer counsellors, house and school prefects plus an in-house Wellbeing Centre and Counselling Service.
I understand the Wellbeing Centre is a place I can go to if I need some sanctuary and also that I can seek help if I feel I need it.
Year 12 pupil
Located in the heart of our school is our Wellbeing Centre, a calming hub where all members of the Felsted community can seek respite and access resources to support their mental health. The decor is natural, the furniture comfortable and the atmosphere calming, with a focus on a sensory experience. All pupils are introduced to the Wellbeing Centre through their PSHE lessons and activities associated with wellbeing, such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga and pilates.
The Centre is a shared facility across both our Senior School and Prep School, caring for over 1000 pupils, 300 staff and parents.
Felsted has taken a lead in this area, showing children that it is absolutely okay to seek support for their mental wellbeing. Pupils have an on site Medical Centre to go to for their bumps and bruises, now they have a Wellbeing Centre for their mental health.
The wellbeing centre is genius and ahead of the game in education. Wellbeing is core to personal success in many ways and will continue to be even more important in life after school. I am confident that my child will be looked after when they are not at home.
Leaders in Wellbeing
Felsted’s holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing looks at the needs of everyone in the school community, providing high quality support and training to pupils, staff and parents.