Student wellbeing is our single biggest priority. We want your child to be happy and well looked after. We want them to enjoy their time at Epsom, but we also want them to feel supported should they experience any bumps in the road.
Throughout your child’s time at Epsom, they will be 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 (with individual tutors in Sixth Form).
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.
National Awards for Student Wellbeing
In the past 12 months Epsom has scooped three major awards as a result of our focus on the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff.
Epsom College has been awarded ‘Gold Status’ for its outstanding whole-school approach to the mental health and wellbeing of its pupils, staff and wider community.
The Mental Health in School Award was established in 2017 by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools – part of Leeds Beckett University – and social enterprise Minds Ahead.
Following the Carnegie Award, judges at the annual Independent School of the Year Awards gave Epsom the top prize for its work on student wellbeing, and then crowned the College the overall Independent School of the Year.
“With an ethos of serve, share, and care, Epsom College provides a holistic personal approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing in their community and beyond,” said Tracy Shand, at the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.
Over 1,000 schools have signed up to the award, with Epsom College one of just four UK boarding schools to achieve Gold Status.
“Epsom College demonstrated they are excelling in all the Mental Health Award competencies,” said Tracy, “with particular attention to the opportunities to lead and share their knowledge and experience both locally and globally.”