In order to be effective, care and support for pupils needs to be ingrained in every aspect of their School lives. From our carefully structured House tutorial system to the informal, yet highly intuitive relationships that they will form with our supportive staff, pupils always have someone to turn to and someone to look out for them.
Our network of Housemasters and Housemistresses (Hsms), matrons, tutors, teachers, the Chaplaincy, the Emotional Wellbeing team, as well as School Nurses and Doctors, all work together to create a supportive and caring environment, both night and day, for our pupils. We take the welfare of our pupils very seriously, with every young person given the unique care and support he or she needs to flourish and be happy. No two pupils are the same, and the range of support and care available at Oundle means that they can be treated as individuals and can always find someone to discuss their questions, offer advice or simply lay their concerns to rest.
We also understand just how important it is to foster healthy attitudes to both physical and mental wellbeing: succeeding in this enables pupils flourish and thrive as individuals. We put great emphasis on nurturing in our pupils their ability to develop emotional resilience and to build positive relationships.
"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
If help for emotional well-being is needed, there are several places and people within the Oundle School community to call upon. One-to-one sessions are available in the private setting of our Clayton Rooms, where you could meet Mabel the dog, a very loving black Labrador.
These sessions are confidential and offer therapeutic support through a highly experienced wellbeing team managed by our Mental Health Lead.
Our qualified nurses and School doctors are available to provide healthcare advice around the clock. Our Health Centre is a safe and welcoming place, staffed by registered nurses who take a proactive role in promoting mental health and wellbeing. Pupils are welcome to attend the Health Centre at any time for advice and assessment with the Nurse on duty, while GPs from the Oundle town practice hold surgeries in the Health Centre five days a week.
Pupils are able to book clinic appointments directly or through Matron. Each House has a named House Nurse who works in conjunction with the House staff to promote healthy minds and bodies and to be a familiar, caring face within the House.
Run by the Heads of School and accountable both to the pupil body and to the Head, the PPF consists of paired Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth Form ambassadors, with each pair representing a different area of concern with the School. The areas they represent are: Gender Equality, Racial Diversity and Equality, Health, Mental Health, Charities, the Environment, LGBTQIA+ and Digital Issues, and Neurodiversity. The remit of the PPF is to represent the pupil voice in the School and to liaise with the Senior Leadership Team on the pupils’ behalf. Its aim is to ensure that voices are heard and that a School wide spirit of open conversation is fostered, leading to understanding and tolerance.