Well-being is linked with an individual’s physical and emotional health, health behaviours and resilience (the ability to cope with adverse circumstances). Well-being is described as a holistic state where a range of feelings, among them energy, confidence, openness, enjoyment, happiness, calm and caring are combined and balanced.

Here at Barclay we place great value on developing the whole child – academically, socially and emotionally. The skills needed throughout life can be taught and learnt at any age; all aspects of a child and young person’s experience at home, in and out of school, contribute to their personal and social development and, as a school, we feel it is important that we share that role with parents, carers and families. It is a function of all subjects and curriculum areas.

Through our SMCS (Spiritual Moral Cultural Social), the SEAL Programme (Social Emotional Aspects of Learning) and the PSHCE curriculum (Personal Social Health Citizenship Education), we at Barclay strive to present a curriculum, ethos and atmosphere that makes the aims of The Office of Standards of Education possible for our pupils ‘… the training of good human beings, purposeful and wise, themselves with a vision of what it is to be human and the kind of society that makes that possible’.

We believe that our well-being education:
  • equips children with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives
  • encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in positive learning, making effective transitions and positive choices
  • enables children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. 
  • contributes to our pupil’s personal development by helping them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, build their confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones
  • enables them to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings
  • helps them develop an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help them to form and maintain good relationships, and better enjoy and manage their lives.
The key points and aims of our well-being agenda are that our children are able to:
  • Be an effective and successful learner
  • Make and sustain friendships
  • Deal with and resolve conflict effectively and fairly
  • Be able to solve problems alone and with the help of others
  • Manage feelings such as frustration, anger and anxiety
  • Recover from setbacks and persist in the face of difficulties
  • Work and play co-operatively
  • Compete fairly, win and lose with grace and dignity with respect for competitors
  • Recognise and stand up for their rights and the rights of others.
  • Understand and value the differences between people, and respect the right of others to have beliefs and values different from their own

Raising concerns
We aim to make our school a happy, safe and caring place so that pupils may benefit from the best possible education. All of our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, are dedicated to this aim.

If you have a concern, please speak to your child’s class teacher, a Learning Mentor or another member of staff. If they cannot resolve the matter, or your concern is about the member of staff, you should then discuss it with the head teacher. If you are not a parent or carer of a child at the school, then please address your concerns to the head teacher. Notes may be taken to ensure that the issues are fully understood.

Medical concerns 
  • Please do not give your child medicines to bring to school; this is for their safety and the safety of other children.
  • We are unable to give children medicine at school. Children on antibiotics for a short term should be at home. However, if your child is on antibiotics for a longer term and needs to have a lunchtime dose, you may come to school to give this to her/him. Please let the office know if you are going to do this and always come to the office to administer the medication.
  • If your child is on long-term medication (for example, for asthma) please let us know and we will discuss with you how the medication will be managed. You will need to fill in a medical form giving us relevant details.
  • If your child is unwell before the start of the school day, please keep her/him at home and telephone to let us know.
  • If your child is unwell while at school, she/he will be taken to the Medical Room and cared for until feeling better. If he/she is not well enough to return to class, you will be contacted to come and collect him/her.
  • If a child has vomited, they should be kept away from school for 48 hours after the last time they vomited.