The health and well-being of all our pupils is a priority and we have two Registered General Nurses and a fully qualified counsellor in the School.
Staff are encouraged to listen to pupils and can advise on a wide range of topics, including sensitive ones, as they are well trained on issues such as Child Protection, Drug Abuse, Eating Disorders, Depression in Adolescence and Bereavement. Our two matrons also co-operate closely with pastoral staff, from their base in our well-equipped medical suite.
Our school matron Jane Johnstone, who is RCN registered, tends to pupils in a well-equipped medical room and deals with illness during the school day, sports injuries and other medical issues.
Matron works closely with both class teachers and pastoral staff to ensure a holistic approach to the health and well-being of all pupils. Pupils who require first aid, nursing or medical treatment will be referred to Matron who will contact parents if necessary. In addition, several members of staff hold First Aid certificates.
Throughout their school years, pupils will encounter a range of experiences to promote their personal and social well-being and enable them to develop a sense of self-worth and relate effectively to others.
Hutchesons’ offers pupils the Seasons for Growth Loss and Grief Education Programme. This aims to promote resilience, enhance coping strategies and develop life skills in young people through focusing on understanding the effects of change. Pupils volunteer to take part and the sessions are run by a trained Companion (from the school) and they work in small groups over a period of time.
The school is fortunate to have a qualified Counsellor, Kirsty Reid. Pupils can access person-centred counselling in school at certain times in a dedicated room, giving them the opportunity to be able to talk about concerns in a safe and non-judgemental environment. There is evidence to support the idea that if young people can access the required emotional support from a qualified professional, they will have a greater opportunity to fulfil their potential.