Mental Health & Wellbeing
If you are concerned about your son/daughter's mental health, please call the Young Minds Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines)
Promoting the wellbeing of all our students is a vital and integral part of the educational experience of King Edward VI Five Ways School. We pride ourselves on our close personal relationships and create a supportive school environment that is conducive to learning.
Specific, targeted interventions, provided within a whole-school framework, address the needs of the minority of students who require additional support.
The support we offer in school:
If you are unhappy or distressed, or are aware that another student needs help and support, you should inform an appropriate and trusted adult – your Form Tutor would always be the first person you talk to unless there are particular reasons why you do not want to discuss a particular issue.
If you do not wish to approach your Form Tutor, then you would talk with your Head of Year, Mrs Guthrie/Ms Gouldbourn, or any member of staff you feel you can speak to. They will ensure that appropriate help and support is found.
The School has senior members of staff known as Designated Safeguarding Leads – Mrs Tolley & Mr Russell – who are responsible for matters relating to child protection and welfare.
We offer the ‘Open Door’ counselling service within school, which provides an entirely confidential service to students. Referrals to ‘Open Door’ can be made through Mrs Tolley, Mr Russell, Heads of Year or Mrs Guthrie.
Our School Nurse is at school everyday, and can be found in her office located behind the Careers Office.
School also works with external agencies who offer support via Forward Thinking Birmingham, CASS and MASH.
Individualised programmes support any pupils with either medical needs or SEND – for further information please speak to Mrs S Tyrie.
We offer Mentoring support on a one to one basis, with Sixth Form students. This can be academic and/or social/emotional support.
We deliver Mental Health Workshops as part of our PSHE programme.
Outside of school, if you feel you need to speak to someone then we recommend you approach your GP.
If you feel it is even more urgent than that, then you can go to your A&E department at a local hospital.
If a student is concerned about their own wellbeing or the wellbeing of another student outside of school hours, then please use the following Helplines:
Childline: 0800 1111 or the Samaritans: 116 123