“There will be few pupils who do not experience the odd bump along the way during adolescence and we pride ourselves in supporting them, from either within or independent of the School, through any difficult patches they might face.”

Mrs Ann Meisner, Deputy Head Pastoral

The emotional wellbeing team

In today’s complex world, where the journey through adolescence can be challenging, conversations around mental health are more important than ever. The Clayton Rooms, home to Oundle’s Emotional Wellbeing Team, serve as a vital space for pupils to seek support for various challenges they face during adolescence.  The team, made up of Mental Health Lead, Natalie, a School counsellor, Jo, and two therapeutic mentors, Denise and Anne, provide one-on-one therapeutic talking support, addressing emotional needs, sometimes using craft and art as well. They also link with the Health Centre
and Learning for Life programme, promoting health education and reducing stigmas around mental health. The team is committed to the principle that getting involved early and starting
conversations is the most effective approach when it comes to supporting young people.

What our pupils think

“Everyone deserves to feel happy. It is easy to think your problems aren’t valid because they don’t seem as serious as your friend’s, but if you don’t feel ok, you don’t feel ok. It doesn’t matter the ‘severity’ of the reason – feeling happy and healthy is the number one priority. So, smile at someone today and pay someone a compliment. You never know, it may be exactly what will make their day.”

Nellie and Sophie, Pupil Pastoral Forum Ambassadors

Sessions are entirely confidential, and offer therapeutic support from an experienced well-being team led by our Mental Health Lead. Most sessions are arranged via self-referral and cover difficulties such as friendship and family issues, anxiety and low mood. Links are made with parents, School staff and the School GP where necessary.



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