Wellbeing in the Junior School
When boys join Warwick Junior School, they become part of our community. We recognise the vital importance of wellbeing in helping a boy grow intellectually and emotionally, allowing them to take the next step in the journey to our Senior School with confidence.
Our form tutors lie at the heart of our system. They meet with the boys each day. In most instances they also teach the boys ensuring that the boys are known, understood and valued as individuals. This relationship is crucial, as are all other contacts with staff. Our form tutors are there to provide support when required, to advise and guide the boys, reminding them of our expectations and helping them make the most of their talents and abilities.
Form tutors are the first port of call when issues arise. It would be remarkable if the support and guidance of key adults are not required as boys progress through the school. Supporting the form tutors are the Heads of Year and the Deputy Head. Together with the Headmaster, there are few occasions when they are asked to support an unfamiliar or unique family circumstance.
School Counselling Service
There are times when boys need additional expert help from a trained counsellor. Common problems our boys face include anxiety, self-esteem issues, bereavement, parental separation and family problems, and self-esteem. Our Counsellor, Mr Steve Goodrem, a specialist trained in supporting younger children, holds weekly meetings with individuals to help support them with whatever problems life brings. Our Deputy Head and Designated Safeguarding lead, Miss Mellor, triages the boys to ensure needs are met. Requests for help can be made via form tutors or directly through Miss Mellor.
Additional clubs such as mindfulness and yoga equip the boys with a range of strategies to enhance personal wellbeing. All Year 6 boys complete a mindfulness course at the start of the year. A number of staff are trained youth mental health first aiders.
The Junior School has a warm but disciplined atmosphere and this is where the social ethos of the schools starts to be embedded. Staff model positive behaviour and virtues such as humility and considerate manners. Good Schools Guide 2020