A message from Miss Foley

We just wanted to share with you the fantastic sessions we are currently running for Years 10-13. As you may be aware, emotional wellbeing/mental health concerns and cases have increased nationally by a huge amount during this past year due to lockdown, covid anxiety, general uncertainty and fear. As a school we have acknowledged just how difficult this must be for all of our students but in particular for our exam year groups at this time.

As PSM for Year 11 and Sixth Form it became apparent that if there was anything we could do for the students it would be to give them some strategies that could help calm their minds and thoughts. With this in mind we approached two companies that work with both adults and children on mindfulness, resilience and meditation. We are now running three 30 minutes sessions each week for 6 weeks.

Mondays: Meditation, Mindfulness & Breath work with Sarah Linsley of The Wellness Barn for Years 11-13 from 3:10-3:40pm and Year 10 from 3:40-4:10pm

Wednesdays: Mindfulness, Mind-set and Resilience with Sarah Dodsley, Empowerment and Confidence Coach for Years 11-13 from 3:10-3:40pm

We have also invested in a set of 6 pre-recorded sessions from Sarah Dodsley (as above) on Mindfulness & Resilience which will be delivered weekly in assembly on Wellbeing Wednesdays for Yr 11 and daily for 6th Form.

We have already received positive feedback from our students that have attended one or more of these sessions, here are a few examples.

“I really enjoyed today’s session. It was really beneficial and stopped a lot of my negative thoughts”

“I felt like yesterday’s session was really beneficial for me”

“It was really good and I felt very tired at the end”

“I found it helpful”

“It was nice”

We are now able to offer all Yr11-13 a place on Monday’s 3:10-3:40pm session, all parents/carers should have received an invitation letter this week with a link to click on to confirm if you would like a place. If you didn’t see an email and would like a place please email me. If you think your young person would like a place for the Wednesday sessions please email me on as I have a few places available.

As a pastoral team we are here if you need us along with the Form Tutors, subject Teachers, Heads of Year and our brilliant admin team.

Keep safe and sound,

Miss Foley

PSM Yr11 and Sixth Form