Well-being

The well-being of every student is at the heart of our pastoral care

Our Well-being Approach 


  • We believe that happy young people become successful, resilient young people and adults.
  • We think that students learn more effectively in a school environment where there is support for their welfare, happiness and motivation.
  • We offer a non-judgemental, tolerant and respectful approach to encourage these qualities in student relationships too.


Public Health England reported that good well-being levels in students had a more significant impact on their academic achievement than their IQ (‘The Link between Pupil Health and Well-being and Attainment’, 2014)

  • ‘Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and well-being, and better achievement.’
  • ‘The culture, ethos and environment of a school influences the health and well-being of pupils and their readiness to learn.’
  • ‘A positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of pupils.’

What help is on offer?


  • Drop-in emotional support available at any time: with no waiting time and a conducive space in which to talk.
  • Early intervention to assess what the issues might be and to learn how to develop resilience from an early age. This prevents issues growing into more serious mental health problems.
  • Uniquely in Calderdale, NHGS provides a full-time, professionally qualified counsellor to offer
    support at all times, not only to support the students but also to train and support staff in well-being issues.
  • Referrals received from students, friends, staff and parents.

“After many years of suffering anxiety problems, our child… was offered a professional counselling service and guided through her school years. Nothing was ever too much and the team’s doors were always open. Not only was our child receiving care from the team, they also made sure our family were involved and we are very much indebted… for the kindness and professionalism they have given our child.” (Year 13 parent, 2017)

Well-being support for:

  • Worries and stress
  • Feeling down
  • Low self-confidence
  • Friendship issues
  • Bereavement
  • Healthy eating
  • Sleep


Engagement support for:

  • Settling into school
  • Organisation
  • Exam and test stress
  • Revision skills
  • Motivation
  • Boosting
  • concentration


Staff trained to support medical issues such as:

  • First aid
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Administering prescribed medication
  • Writing and administering care plans

“I am absolutely delighted with the support given to my son who is a type 1 diabetic. You can send your child to NHGS knowing they will receive the support they need and I have felt totally confident about him in school and on residential trips. I would recommend NHGS to anyone knowing this support is available.” (Year 10 parent, 2017)