The pastoral team works towards positive wellbeing in school, supporting students and families alongside staff and other agencies, to ensure students become good citizens.  

Simon Balle All Through School prides itself on its outstanding levels of pastoral care that we offer to all of our students. Our aim is to create an ethos and an environment where each student can be happy, succeed and thrive in every aspect of their education alongside flourishing as an individual and as a good citizen.

Our vision of a society where all people feel included, are respected and treated with dignity, live well with each other and have the necessary knowledge, skills and wisdom in order to flourish, is at the heart of the Simon Balle community.

Student procedures have been developed to ensure that all children, regardless of their age or ability can fulfil their potential and develop good positive attitudes. We believe that no one can flourish when worried or unhappy. Therefore we aim to create a calm, well ordered caring environment where learning takes place and everyone feels valued for who they are.

despite the large size of the school, pupils are known as individuals. The Head of Year and Head of Subject liaised very well with each other to promote the development of the child.” (Ofsted- May 2018)

The Form Tutors (years 7-13) and the class teacher (Reception to Y6) ensure that the child is well cared for. Indeed they are the key point of contact for the parents.

Heads of year and phase leaders are also responsible for the wellbeing and academic achievement of the children. Further support and guidance is also provided by the senior leadership team and student support worker. The pastoral team can refer students for counselling should the need arise: this is provided on site in a safe and discreet environment.

You can read more about each year group by following the links on the right hand side.

Physical and emotional wellbeing are key to leading a happy successful life. We educate all of our students on the importance of taking individual responsibility for we believe that active engagement in emotional wellbeing (prevention) is better than intervention.

Research has shown that emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life (“Wise up to wellbeing in schools- Young Minds, 2017)

A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. It is a school that helps children flourish, learn and succeed by providing opportunities for them, and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience. At Simon Balle, we see positive emotional health and wellbeing as fundamental to our values, mission and culture. Ours is  a school where children, staff and parent/carer mental health and wellbeing is seen as ‘everybody’s business’ and each individual is given help to be able to identify their own safety nets.

Our ethos here at Simon Balle, truly enhances our outcomes for all young people. It is well documented internationally that an environment that truly endeavours to  promote and address wellbeing is one in which:

  • Good relationships are modelled by all
  • Children feel safe to express their feelings, thoughts and emotions
  • Children feel very much part of the community and are accepted for who they are
  • They respond, talk about and engage with both controversial and confidential matters
  • They can agree to respectfully listen to others, even when they do not necessarily agree
  • Children are well rounded and self regulatory

All of our teachers have received training in the “10 keys to Happier Living” programme. This ensures that all students understand the importance of serving others, building grit and resilience and taking personal responsibility. For the vast majority of people, daily managing and developing techniques and strategies which help to foster good emotional and physical health, is more important than concentrating on intervention.

Ensuring that all children feel safe and know how to look after and respect themselves is of paramount importance. They need to understand and identify their own safety nets and support when things invariably are challenging. Our dedicated safeguarding team receive regular professional development and work closely with external agencies to support young people who are in particular need. In addition, six staff have been trained as “mental First Aiders”. Peer to peer support has proven to be particularly powerful. Our sixth form  “Re-Mind Ambassadors” support younger students through Head of Year direction.

The herts directory offers a wide variety of support and signposting for both children and parents.

Please click on link above.

The OLLIE Foundation 

As part of our continued work around student wellbeing and mental health, we have linked up with the OLLIE Foundation (One Life Lost Is Enough).

You will see from the link below, that they provide a directory of organisations and support. The organisation offers support, advice and training for suicide prevention.

Hertfordshire Signposting Document