Thorpe Hall School is shortlisted for a prominent award, alongside some of the most prestigious schools in the country including the likes of Rugby School, Repton, Wellington and Eton College.
The Times Educational Supplement (Tes) recognises the most outstanding individuals and institutions of the independent education sector in the shortlist for its annual Independent School Awards, and Thorpe Hall is nominated for the Wellbeing Initiative of the Year – for the second year running.
The accolade comes hot on the heels of another award win in November when Thorpe Hall’s ongoing work to support pupil wellbeing gained it an Excellence and Innovation in Pupil’s Wellbeing and Mental Health Award from the Independent School’s Association.
Thorpe Hall has established a broad and collaborative framework of strategies, initiatives and resources to help pupils manage stress and anxiety, resolve friendship issues, develop healthy relationships and promote good mental health. Recognising that mind and body play equal roles, pupils are also encouraged to be more active, choose better nutrition and adopt wholesome sleep routines.
The school’s wellbeing initiatives are winning awards and grabbing attention from the media and other schools across the country. Thorpe Hall’s innovative Girls on Board approach, developed by Headteacher, Andrew Hampton is a major contributory factor to the school’s recent successes. Now being used to support thousands of girls in over 130 UK schools, Girls on Board helps girls, their parents and their teachers understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. It has the language, methods and ideas to empower girls to solve friendship problems for themselves and stay more focused on the important matter of learning as a result.
BBC Radio 5Live talked to Andrew Hampton about Girls on Board earlier this week for its School Runnings parenting programme in which the panel explored the disruption and distress often caused when girls fall out. You can listen to the full interview here https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000ds50 – the feature starts 39 minutes into the programme.
With emotional wellbeing such a clear indicator of academic achievement and success in later life, the school’s overarching aim is to set a pattern for how a young person will go on to manage their own mental health and wellbeing into adulthood and throughout their lives.