Pioneering wellbeing programme wins award for Norwich girls school

The school’s LGBTQ+ Alliance group of pupils.

The school’s LGBTQ+ Alliance group of pupils. - Credit: Norwich High School for Girls

Norwich High School for Girls have won the wellbeing initiative of the year in prestigious national awards amid the extra challenges students have faced during the pandemic.  

The school’s wellbeing programme that prioritised students’ mental health during a challenging year has been recognised at the Tes Independent School Awards.

'Big Sisters' a group of sixth-formers who younger pupils can share their concerns with.

'Big Sisters' a group of sixth-formers who younger pupils can share their concerns with. - Credit: Norwich High School for Girls

Among the initiatives that impressed judges was its ‘Big Sister’ peer support programme, and “Headucate” mental health ambassadors who raise awareness on core issues currently affecting other students.

In addition, the school’s LGBTQ+ Alliance group and ‘buddy’ system for younger students were praised for offering additional layers of peer-to-peer support.

Head and shoulders picture of Alison Sefton, head of Norwich High School for Girls

Alison Sefton headteacher at Norwich High School for Girls. - Credit: Eastern Lightcraft

Headteacher Alison Sefton said: "This award is testament to the commitment of the pastoral staff to adapt and refine our programme and to support the girls in finding new ways of engaging with their wellbeing.”

Lead judge Durell Barnes said: “We were very impressed by the way in which peer support was embedded in and central to the pastoral life of the school, providing growth opportunities both for those seeking support and those reaching out to them.”


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