We aim to provide an exceptional education for every day and boarding boy in our care. We appreciate that to achieve high academic standards we must ensure the emotional and social wellbeing needs of our pupils are met.
The culture at LRGS is founded from our motto ‘Praesis ut Prosis’ – Lead in order to serve. We are a community who encourages individualism and respects religious and moral values and the desire to serve others.
At LRGS we are proud to be a caring community. All of us take responsibility for pastoral care: the boys have a strong sense of loyalty to each other, the prefects act as tremendous role models to the younger students, and the staff provide additional support as well as teaching the boys.
We are proud of our support structure and as a school hope to be proactive in promoting good practices for health and wellbeing within school.
The Heads of Year are there to provide support and guidance, along with the school nurse and counsellors; the boys can at any point turn to a number of people.
With boarding at the heart of LRGS, housemasters, tutors and matrons are also central figures in the pastoral welfare of our boys, along with learning support staff and peer mentors.
Penn Resilience Programme
Teachers have been trained on building resilience and life skills with the Penn Resilience Programme and How to Thrive and are putting their learning into practice with pupils in Year 7.
PSHE and Values
Each boy will follow a programme designed around the wider aspects of social education, including physical education, health and citizenship as part of our PSHE and values training. This is provided to all boys in a manner appropriate for their age and development, emphasising the importance of healthy living, family life, community involvement and personal relationships. The PSHE programme is delivered by teachers, healthcare professionals and outside agencies.
Our successful peer mentoring scheme, whereby older students support younger pupils, has been described by Ofsted as: 'an outstanding example of the School's care'.
The Medical Centre is located in Storey House and is staffed by the School Nursing Sister and a Registered Nurse who are available throughout the school day and House Matrons provide out of hours medical cover.
Mental Health First Aid
Sixteen staff completed a two day training course in Youth Mental Health First Aid run by the NHS. They are now able to; identify the early stages of many mental health symptoms, help stop someone from self-harming or hurting others, provide a quicker recovery, guide pupils towards professional services and help to break the stigma of mental health issues.
In order to support each and every one of our pupils, there is a flourishing Learning Support Department with a qualified SEN Coordinator and several experienced Learning Support Assistants. Our staff support boys with a wide range of special needs, including those with a visual and hearing impairment and we are specialised in working with very able pupils. Wyresdale House received funding from the Friends of LRGS to redecorate and provide furniture and equipment for a Quiet Room where boys are welcome to relax. There is also a separate computer room for quiet study.
With thanks to a donation of £250 from the Friends of LRGS, we have acquired books for young people to support their emotional health and well-being. The book titles are recommended nationally by The Reading Agency and have been compiled by mental health experts and in consultation with young people and will be really helpful in understanding and looking after our well-being. The books are also part of a 'Shelf Help' and 'Books on Prescription ' initiative that has involved GP's and other health professionals to collaborate with local libraries to support people with emotional well-being and mental health issues. The titles support issues such as bullying, low self-esteem, depression, ADHD, anxiety and teenage brain development. It is hoped that this will be a welcome and useful resource that classes may visit as part of their values, PHSE and Cave time.
Special Educational Needs
Miriam Jenkinson is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator and is trained to work with pupils with literacy difficulties and works with boys with autistic spectrum difficulties. Miriam is supported by other members of staff who are trained in specific areas of SEN who have experience with working with boys with dual-exceptionality.
Teachers and staff are encouraged to work with the Learning Support team who support staff, both with practical advice. All pupils in Year 7 are screened for reading and spelling and they complete CAT tests in verbal, non-verbal and quantative skills. Any pupil identified by the screening tests as having significant difficulty in a specific area will be monitored by the Learning Support team and further assessment can be done within school to identify specific needs. Any concerns teachers or Housemasters have about individuals are also referred to the Learning Support Team. For more information visit our Learning Support page.
Here are some links to external organisations and websites providing advice for pupils and parents that may be of use:
NHS On Your Mind has advice for emotional health.
Young Minds is a leading UK charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.
The Samaritans are available to talk 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
Childline are available on the phone and online at any time.
Advice from the Sleep Council for better sleep and the effects of technology.
Healthy lifestyle advice for everyone from the NHS including some Apps to help manage your health.
North Lancashire Counselling Service are based in Lancaster and offer free counselling to over 18s.
The NHS have online leaflets that provide advice on a wide range of issues.