Healthy relationships, a balanced diet, regular exercise and increased awareness of mental health and wellbeing are both encouraged and delivered through a series of PSHE dropdown days held throughout the year, helping to ensure that students are healthy and happy during their time at QM.
Health and Wellbeing Centre
The Health and Wellbeing Centre is staffed by a team of
Registered Nurses who offer a comprehensive School nursing
service. The centre is a well-equipped department with a
waiting room, treatment room, well stocked dispensary, lounge,
counselling room, four single bedrooms, shower, bath and
toilet facilities. Girls who are unwell can attend the Health and
Wellbeing Centre, boarders can be cared for overnight and,
if appropriate, they can also bring a friend. A named nursing
system is in operation, this involves nurse allocation to
particular year groups, it facilitates continuity of care and
enables each child’s health to be monitored closely throughout
their time at QM.
The Health and Wellbeing Centre operates an open door policy from
08:00-14:00 and 16:00-19:00 (Monday to Friday), 08:00-16:00
(Saturday) and 08:00-13:00 (Sunday). Alongside this, nursing
support is available 24 hours a day. The School Medical Officer
holds surgeries at School on Monday and Thursday and, along
with her colleagues, will also see students by appointment at
the Escrick GP surgery. The Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner is
available for confidential advice.
Day girls who become unwell whilst at School can be admitted
to the Health and Wellbeing Centre, and if they are staying in
School that evening they can be cared for by the nursing team
overnight but where possible if the girl is local and too unwell
for lessons we encourage that they return home to be cared
for by their family. Unwell boarders from Years I-V
cannot stay in House during the day and must come to the
Health and Wellbeing Centre, unwell Sixth Form girls can stay
in their rooms during the day but this must be discussed with
the nursing team rst as there are strict guidelines in place for
Each girl has a Personal Tutor. In addition to the support from teachers and house staff, every girl meets her Tutor each week. This member of staff oversees her academic progress and wellbeing, monitors her workload and ensures she is cared for and is reaching her targets. Tutors also provide advice and discuss enrichment activities to ensure each girl is making the most of all the opportunities on offer.
Five Steps to Positive Wellbeing
Throughout the first lockdown, QM launched the #fivewaystopositivewellbeing initiative. This is part of a national strategy that is supported by many mental health charities. During an extremely difficult period, it provided Tutors with the structure and guidance to have discussions with their tutees around keeping themselves mentally healthy and strong during the lockdown.
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