At Blackheath Prep we place as much importance on nurturing happy and healthy minds as we do to developing pupils’ academic skills. Every child enjoys a wealth of opportunities to feel valued, supported and free to be themselves during their time with us. They are encouraged to demonstrate resilience, empathy, kindness and respect throughout all aspects of their school life.
Our children are equipped with a range of skills to help them develop emotionally and successfully navigate difficult situations. We encourage our pupils to learn about taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, to equally value their achievements and learn from their mistakes. We teach them to learn about the rights and responsibilities of others, and to respect and value the richness and diversity of our society.
Each term we focus on a different aspect of wellbeing such as Growing Together or Thing Big. We invite speakers into school who bring their experiences and perspectives on these key topics, as well as integrated activities in assemblies and class learning. We also participate in national events across the year, such as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Odd Socks Day and Safer Internet Day, to ensure a broad range of information, experiences and stimulating discussion takes place in school.
The emotional and mental wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance to us and we’re very pleased to offer our pupils access to an in-school counselling service.
Nina, a trained specialist in working with children, provides therapeutic support and counselling during the school day to any pupil who may benefit. We pleased to run this in partnership with Place 2 Be, a UK charity who promote mental wellbeing in young people.
Our full-time school nurse is available during the school day to provide expert medical care to pupils. She works in partnership with parents, medical teams and staff to manage pupils’ specific needs, including administering regular medication, allergy management and care for pupils with physical disabilities. Nurse Louise is supported in school by trained First Aiders, across both the teaching and administration staff. Nurse Louise also works within the Pastoral team providing emotional wellbeing support to pupils.