At HAWI we take great pride in the way in which we support the children in our care. There is nothing more important than keeping them safe, happy and healthy, whilst ensuring the best possible environment for learning as we prepare them for adult life.
Wellbeing at Harris Academy Wimbledon
Wellbeing is extremely important to us at Harris Academy Wimbledon. Nationally, we know that the context related to wellbeing and mental health has changed dramatically and there is a growing number of people who are suffering with mental health issues.
From the moment students arrive here at the beginning of September, we want all our students to feel welcome, safe and cared for. By feeling settled early on they can begin to grasp all that we have to offer; academic, social and extra-curricular. We achieve this through our strong pastoral care system which is detailed below:
The House Tutor
Each student is allocated to a House and each student has a House Tutor who they see every morning for 30minutes. Students should go to their House tutor if any problems arise in school. The role of the House Tutor is to support each student both in terms of their wellbeing but also their academic work as well. House tutors support students who:
- Need support with: timetables, uniform and equipment, attendance & punctuality
- Feel upset or struggle emotionally
- Struggle with friendships
- Need extra support with behaviour
- Need extra support academically/with homework
We have appointed a School Counsellor; Ms Samuel is a trained counsellor and has strong experience of working with secondary age children. The well-being of all of our children is central to our ethos and this adds to our very strong programme of pastoral care. As well as having timetabled sessions, Ms Samuel will offer drop in sessions and after school sessions for students who we feel need further support.
Social Worker in School
At HAWI we are lucky enough to be taking part in in the Social Workers in School project which is a government funded project between Merton Council and in partnership with selected Merton schools. The aim of the project is to support schools with the great pastoral care, wellbeing and safeguarding work they already do. Our SWIS, Miss Blanc-Viejo works with students in a variety of ways. Miss Blanc-Viejo mentors students, supports them with any wellbeing concerns and provides them with a safe space to talk about things they may be finding challenging in or outside of school.
In addition to the above support the following interventions are also available at HAWI to support Student Wellbeing:
- Listening Support
- Behaviour Mentoring
- Anger Management
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Zones of Regulation
- Workshops with our Safer Schools Officer
- Make a Change Workshops
- Referral to our School Nurse
- Referral to ‘Off the Record’
- Referral to Merton Behaviour Mentoring Service
- Referral to Mermaids
- Referral to CAMHS
With this support we hope all students will be able to be self-managers of their own wellbeing, having developed the strategies and tools to be able to look after themselves, whilst also being aware that there are people available to support them should they ever feel like they need some extra help.
To discuss any concerns around Wellbeing, please contact your child’s House tutor in the first instance. Your child’s House tutor will then liaise with the relevant person within school if further intervention or support is needed.
You can also find our Early Help leaflet here.