Student Wellbeing

Ashfield School are dedicated to ensuring all stakeholders feel supported in acquiring knowledge and guidance on essential topics.

This section of our website signposts students, parents and carers to further information about modules covered in the Personal Development curriculum, tutor program, and promoted through school wide initiatives.

Emotional Health & Wellbeing

The emotional health and well-being of our students is paramount at Ashfield School.

We recognise the stresses and pressures our young people experience and seek to provide guidance to pupils, parents and carers respectively, to ensure all parties feel supported.

In this section you will find information to promote positive mental well-being, and guidance to tackle issues that may be detrimental to mental health.

Relationships and Sex Education

In 2020, Sex, Relationships and Health Education became a legal requirement for all schools in England and Wales.

At Ashfield School, we not only meet the requirements stipulated in statute, we also encapsulate the specific needs of our young people to ensure they are safe, knowledgeable and feel supported in their decisions.

In this section you will find a variety of websites dedicated to ensuring all stakeholders have the necessary information and guidance pupils need when maturing into young adults, establishing positive relationships, and practicing good sexual health.

Drugs and Health

Ashfield school both encourages and facilitates healthy lifestyles amongst its students by establishing how to achieve a health conscious, active lifestyle, and identifying threats to health.

Students are also taught how to make well informed, positive choices and exercise high self-esteem through their decision making.

In this section you will find a variety of websites dedicated to ensuring all stakeholders have the necessary information and support on how to establish a healthy lifestyle.

Online Safety and Cyber Bullying 

ICT is an everyday part of people’s lives and schools are making increasing use of new technology. At Ashfield School we have systems in place to protect your children. We urge all families to enable security settings on home devices to help protect your children online. 

We recognise that we encourage students to go online for work out of school where there is less supervision and they have more freedom.

Key Rules

Children should ideally only add on social media sites people they know and trust in real life.

Some predatory paedophiles can convincingly pose as another teenager and may spend months or years ‘grooming’ the victim until they meet face to face.

Don’t ban children from these sites; they will just use them at friend’s houses or on their phone, personal media player or hand-held games console.

Take an interest and suggest they add you as a friend so you can keep an eye on them when they first join.

Have the main computer in a communal area of the home where there is passive supervision and be reasonable about time online. Talk if you feel it’s getting out of hand (but remember how many hours you spent watching TV when you were their age – the internet is at least active not passive and they can learn a lot from it.

If they have a wireless laptop and you want to stop them going online after a quota of hours is up, unplug the ‘router’ where the phone line comes into the house.

CEOP

The CEOP report button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.

We need to train young people, just like we do with 999, to recognise it and know how to use it if they need to.

Look out for good websites that have the button built in.

Some websites refuse to add the button, so visit direct: www.ceop.police.uk

Online bullying

Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

Children can be unkind to each other online. Bullying is not new but the technology has changed making it is easier to track and prove who is responsible.

If you suspect your child is having a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots of web postings (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.

Useful Links

Visit the CEOP channel on YouTube.

We recommend adding this website to your favourites: www.thinkuknow.co.uk and make sure every member of the family spends time familiarising themselves with the area aimed at them.

For families that’s www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

For teachers that’s www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers

For your child that’s www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/11_16 which they won’t have been shown at primary school.

kidshealth.org – cyberbullying

childline.org.uk – cyberbullying

cyberbullying.org

Staying Safe & Prevent

Ashfield school are dedicated to keeping students safe through extensive safeguarding measures and a bespoke Personal Development curriculum.

Our commitment to keeping students safe extends to educating pupils on potentially risky situations, providing them with the tools to make well informed, educated choices and letting them know they can always ask for help.

In this section you will find a variety of websites dedicated to ensuring all stakeholders have the necessary information and support on issues that are integral to student safety.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact the school.

Anti-bullying

At Ashfield bullying is not tolerate in any shape or form and we seek to educate students on the impact of bullying, and support those who experience or witness bullying.

Ashfield promotes the ‘upstander’ initiative and encourages pupils to take a stand against bullying and always report any incidents they witness.

Targeted support is available for those who seek to report anonymously, and measures are taking to protect those who experience bullying.

In this section you will find a variety of websites dedicated to ensuring all stakeholders have the necessary information and support on issues that are integral to student safety.