Throughout your child’s time at Epsom, they are supported by an extensive network of staff who are responsible for their emotional and physical wellbeing.
This network includes all of the teaching staff, the majority of whom are House tutors. The Houses each have a Housemaster or Housemistress, a Deputy Housemaster/Mistress, a Matron, and Tutors for every 8 or 9 pupils.
Key pastoral staff have received Mental Health First Aid training, which is regularly updated as part of a wider programme of seminars, workshops and training on issues relating to teenage mental health.
‘Gold’ Award for Mental Health Excellence
Epsom College has been awarded ‘Gold’ for its outstanding whole-school approach to the mental health and wellbeing of its pupils, staff and wider community. Over 1,000 schools have entered, but Epsom is one of only four boarding schools to be awarded the highest prize.
The awarding body – the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools – spent two years assessing every aspect of our pastoral care. They judged how well we looked after the mental health and wellbeing of all members of our community, the level of expertise and training in place, and how well we shared our knowledge and best practice with other schools and agencies locally, nationally and globally.
“With an ethos of serve, share and care, Epsom provides a holistic approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing in their community and beyond,” said Tracy Shand, at the Carnegie Centre. “Students clearly feel listened to and empowered. In fact, youth empowerment in mental health is a key theme at Epsom. For example, Sixth Form students being trained as national ambassadors and providing peer-to-peer support.”