We are delighted to have won the Boarding Schools' Association (BSA) Wellbeing Award 2019 for our work to enhance self-esteem and promote healthy choices for physical activity and diet. As a school with a specialism in educating pupils with dyslexia, our pupils may experience higher levels of anxiety and frustration than other children. This focuses our attention on helping our pupils to develop strategies to reduce anxiety, build resilience and improve their self-esteem.
‘Move it Monday’
We run a school-wide initiative called ‘Move it Monday’ to promote wellbeing and physical health. Each pupil takes part in a 50-minute activity first thing on Monday morning to ‘wake the week’. The programme includes mindfulness, yoga, ‘Monday Mile’ walk, ‘Monday Stretch’, singing, dance and gardening. Pupils become immersed in each wellbeing programme for six-weeks before moving on to the next activity.
Each programme is led by dedicated and trained specialists. Pupils are taught mindfulness, meditative exercises and relaxation techniques and follow courses developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project ‘.b’ [dot-be].
Our pupils also benefit from other initiatives embedded into Bredon school life:
Bredon holds Mindfulness Retreats in Wales to teach learning techniques for mindful practice to help manage stress in daily lives. Activities include mindful walking, mindful drifting in a canoe, bedatations to help with sleep and simply taking some time to focus on breath to feel calmer and more in control.
Bredon’s dog policy
Staff are encouraged to bring in their dogs to school and many of the boarding house parents have their own resident dogs. Biscuit, Ronnie, Wilf, Barney, Sheeba, Darcy, Rupert, Lollipop, Jess and Dottie are very popular with the children and are seen as stress relievers and a positive addition to our school community.
Access to 84-acre ‘outdoor classroom’
Pupils make the most of our beautiful rural surroundings. Our vast estate offers a safe haven and chance for our pupils to unwind and enjoy the ‘great outdoors’, whether its spending time caring for the pigs, sheep and cows on our school farm, helping to cultivate vegetables in the allotments or learning to cook on the campfire in our forest school.
"An emphasis on outdoor education contributes strongly to pupils’ physical and mental health"
Independent School Inspectorate, September 2018
Mindfulness and Relaxation Resources
Headspace – Everyday mindfulness and meditation for stress, anxiety, sleep, focus, fitness and more.
Childline Calm Zone - Breathing exercises, activities and games to relieve stress.
CBeebies - relaxation techniques for very young children to keep calm when they are feeling anxious or stressed.