We recognise that every boy has unique needs and learning styles. We are committed to providing a supportive and nurturing environment where all boys can thrive.
If a boy does need support, there are several ways in which it can be provided, and Form Tutors and Heads of Year will work closely to identify which approaches might work best for a particular student. We are proud of the strong and supportive relationships between tutors and tutees, and between home and school, that are a hallmark of a King Edward’s School education.
Maintaining good physical and mental health is central to success in all other areas of life and we provide a broad range of co-curricular activities and initiatives to support the wellbeing of boys. As well as timetabled sports and PE lessons and dedicated sports staff, students have access to fitness facilities and a superb gym, and we expect and encourage all students to look after their physical health, and teach them about why it matters (see Curriculum).
In the event of an injury or minor illness, the School First Aider is available during school hours for immediate treatment. She works closely with the School Medical Officer and pastoral staff as well.
There are a number of mechanisms in place to support the mental health of our boys.
An introduction to mindfulness forms part of the Year 8 curriculum and Year 9 students learn techniques to stay mentally healthy, which are revisited at regular intervals throughout the school. Students also have the option to join our ‘Challenging Anxiety’ group, a 6-week CBT-based course for small groups of pupils run by our Consultant Mental Health Nurse and the teacher in charge of Mental Health and Wellbeing Education.
Students can choose to use our pastoral peer support scheme, where younger students are assigned an older mentor trained in listening, mental health and problem-solving skills who meets with them regularly, or to talk to our school counsellor or mental health nurse, both of whom are based in school. Where appropriate, our mental health nurse also works with the parents and teachers of those students. Regardless of the method, we know how important it is for our students to be able to talk to someone they trust, and to feel listened to.
Academic support can be provided through subject help lessons led by teachers and Heads of Department; lunchtime clinics run by members of staff; and academic mentoring from senior boys.
Teachers are also on hand to provide 1-1 support where appropriate, too.
All students, including those with SEND, can be supported by the Learning Support team, who are based in our dedicated Study Centre.