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Student Wellbeing at BFS

Emotional wellbeing; mental health; whatever you call it, we all have it in varying degrees. Growing up is not always easy and whilst life is accompanied with its share of emotional challenges there are times when you might benefit from some support.

At BFS we believe that having positive wellbeing and good mental health will help you fulfil your potential and ultimately be successful. We want you to be able to cope with setbacks and to be resilient to failure in all aspects of your lives so that you can go on to bigger and even better things.

If you are struggling, do not try to go it alone. Share your concerns with an adult you trust; your parents or a professional such as your Doctor or one of your teachers. There is no shame in asking for some support.

What we do

BFS is a content, trusting, safe and friendly school. We don’t claim that BFS is perfect however and if you ever have a worry, concern or problem, whether it be about bullying or things bothering you outside of school, ask for help and we will do everything that we can to help resolve it.

Mentoring - Ms Young and Miss Clifford are our Pastoral Learning Mentors (PLMs) and you can refer yourselves to them directly. Alternatively, your parents, tutor or another member of staff might refer you if they think you would benefit from some support.

Your tutor - The most important person at BFS in terms of your pastoral development. You will see them every day of your school career. They are there to help, but also to ensure you’re making progress. If you have any concerns or worries then they should be your first port of call.

Mr Sillince and Ms Young are your designated safeguarding officers. If you have a serious concern about your own or a friend’s wellbeing make sure you speak to them.

All of the staff here at BFS are here to help. You can trust them to do the right thing by you to ensure you get the help you might need.

You’ll be asked to complete our wellbeing survey twice each year. You are able to complete the survey anonymously but if you would like to, you can leave your name. If any of your responses gives reason for us to be concerned we would offer you the chance to speak to a member of BFS staff.

Our dedicated band of Wellbeing Ambassadors and Peer Mentors will continue to support you and your emotional health. They are always recruiting so if you’d like to help improve the school’s wellbeing speak to Ms Young about applying.

We also have a school nurse who you can see with any wellbeing or health concerns. They hold drop-in sessions on Tuesday lunch times.

Information and support - specific mental health issues

Where can you find support?

Your GP

The Samaritans – 24-7 support for anyone in emotional distress

www.samaritans.org – helpline - 116123

Bristol Mind – Local mental health charity

www.bristolmind.org.uk - helpline - 01179080370

Off The Record - mental health support and workshops for young people – www.otrbristol.org.uk

Kooth – the online counselling service: www.kooth.com

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