Well-being | Senior School Surrey | Surbiton High School
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Our pastoral care and commitment to the well-being of every member of our community underpins the very essence of school life. Our pupils are inspired, encouraged and empowered to build their own lives. Through careful guidance and nourishment, they are able to discover their strengths, celebrate their successes, build life-long relationships and flourish.

Our philosophy is simple: we see flourishing as life going well; it is a sense that you feel like you are winning, even if things are hard.

We developed our Charter for Well-being which is based on the growing body of scientific evidence and understanding on what we need to flourish. The Charter empowers our pupils to identify for themselves how they can develop, grow and flourish.

We believe passionately that every child is an individual and a ‘one-size education’ does not fit all, and we help all our pupils to achieve their potential by getting to know them as people.

Through our 1:1 coaching programme, target setting, PSHE and well-being programme, the Form Tutors work alongside the girls offering a guiding hand and challenging them to problem solve and to think for themselves.

Form Tutors encourage the girls to be accountable for their actions and to let us know when things are not right.

Well-being Award for Schools

Surbiton High School has been awarded the prestigious ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools‘ by Optimus Education.

Principal, Rebecca Glover expressed, “We are honoured to receive the ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools’. It is a validation of our commitment to wellness and serves as a driving force to continue to prioritise the well-being of our staff and pupils. We strongly believe that well-being underpins everything we do and forms a solid foundation for all learning allowing pupils to flourish.”  

Achieving this award recognises both the outstanding work of all staff in prioritising and supporting pupils’ well-being and mental health and the excellent systems and initiatives in place aimed at fostering a supportive environment for the whole-school community. Read the full news story.


Nourish To Flourish


Education Choices interviewed Vice Assistant Principal – Pupil Development & Well-being, Stuart Murphy in November 2023 about how Surbiton High School supports both parents and children during exam periods. Additionally, the school’s specialist pastoral care, our focus on positive psychology and developing human intelligences is also covered. Read the full interview and listen to the podcast here.

Perma provides the foundations for all that we do to support the Well-being of pupils across the Senior School, but we also work with local and national organisations. We are members of the PSHE Association to help us deliver meaningful Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. We see the government’s statutory guidance on Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) as a starting point to prepare pupils for life beyond the school gates. We strive to listen to the students through multiple channels and develop a school that meets their changing needs. We work closely with the local community, including churches and healthcare providers, and national mental health organisations to ensure that we support every aspect of young people’s Well-being.

Pupils’ personal development is supported by the schools’ charter for wellbeing and positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment (PERMA) framework within the strong pastoral systems of the school.

(ISI Report, 2023)
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