We ensure a positive learning environment where our students "feel happy, respected and known as an individual" (Promise#1); this underpins everything we do. Within our curriculum we foster positive relationships, self-worth and acceptance teaching our students to recognise risk, accountability and positive choices. We have created a minisite to provide a comprehensive range of national and local services for our students and parents to access support for their mental wellbeing. We all have times when we have low mental well-being, where we feel anxious, upset or find it difficult to cope.
At The Deanes we want to give our young people the necessary support to build and develop emotional resilience and to maintain good emotional health. Our aim is to ensure that our students enjoy their time at school and are happy. There are many things that can impact on the emotional well-being of our students: keeping up with studies, falling out with friends, the pressures of social media, difficulties at home, etc. We want all our young people to have good emotional health, the skills and confidence to cope with change, the ability to think through and solve problems and ultimately achieve their goals and be happy. We are committed to the principles of securing good emotional wellbeing, to allow every young person to have the best possible experience and outcomes throughout their school journey.
Since 2016, The Deanes has allocated two of the five statutory non – pupil days to our iMatter weekend; we use the last Friday in November and the following Monday to create a long weekend for all staff and students.
Our decision to introduce the ‘iMatter Weekend’ was strategic as emotional and physical wellbeing is critical in developing a healthy, successful school community. Quality teaching is the result of having an underlying structure that supports both the learner and the teacher. If the structure does not allow space to breathe for those within it, the quality of provision can suffer. Wellbeing for students and staff is not a luxury for the end of term and it should not be seen as a bolt on or added extra. At The Deanes, we believe that it is a fundamental pre-requisite for effective, high quality and engaging teaching and learning. Both students and staff need to be supported, fit and well to be inspired and inspiring.