Research has identified that one in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availablity of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in young people.
At St Wilfrid's Academy we place student wellbeing at the core of our provision, and as such, we have developed a holistic offer of support, accessible to all our students, based on individual needs.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
The benefits of a healthy diet, and the importance of a daily breakfast are well documented, but not every child is in receipt of these. As such, we provide a healthy free breakfast for every child, every day. We also offer a free fruit bowl and sugar-free fruit juice daily, so every young person has the opportunity to access healthy refrshements, regardless of their individual circumstances.
Access to outdoor learning and exercise is vital to a young person's wellbeing. Alongside our academic provision, we offer a number of sports and enrichment opportunities, both on and off the academy site.
KS2 and KS3 pupils are offered free swimming lessons on a weekly basis, working through the ASA swimming awards programme.
Alongside our timetabled PE sessions, every Wednesday afternoon we run a whole school enrichment programme: this is grouped vertically from KS2-4, and gives all students the chance to engage in a range of activities including mountain biking in Clumber Park, free gym sessions at Doncaster Dome and football at Adwick Leisure Centre.
Over the past three years, we have introduced the Thrive Approach, along with a range of therapeutic interventions, delivered by a team of trained staff. We are working closely with Fortis Therapy & Training, a team of dedicated, qualified therapists, counsellors, and trainers based in Grimsby, Scunthorpe, and Hull, who have provided two additional art psychotherapists who offer specialised counselling on a weekly basis.