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What is wellbeing?

The dictionary says wellbeing is ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy’. This includes how people:

  • feel
  • function, both on a personal and a social level, and 
  • evaluate their lives as a whole

Why wellbeing is so important

Research shows wellbeing is important for learning. There is a clear link between health and wellbeing, and performance. 

The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that “to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. 

At West Rise Junior School, we embrace a whole school approach. All staff recognise and value the need to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.  We place great importance on developing the whole child. This means academically, socially and emotionally.  

All aspects of a pupil’s experience, in and out of school, contribute to their personal and social development. As a school, we feel that it is essential we share this role with parents, carers and families.

See our Wellbeing blog for:

  • wellbeing links for pupils
  • emotional support activities for pupils 
  • information for parents and 
  • talking with your child about Covid-19.

The wellbeing team

Mrs Warren
Mrs Warren
Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo)
Mr McKechnie
Mr McKechnie
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Lead & Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Somerville
Mrs Somerville
PSHE Eastbourne & Hailsham HUB
Mrs S. Poore
Mrs S. Poore
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
Ms Beard
Ms Beard
Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) & Parent Information Contact
Mrs Lumby
Mrs Lumby
Pastoral Support