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Stowupland High School, near Stowmarket, teams up with The Mix youth project and NHS Mental Health Support Team for Wellbeing Week





A high school has hosted a Wellbeing Week to support students during the exam period.

Stowupland High School, near Stowmarket, arranged a host of games and activities throughout lunchtimes during the week, joined by staff from The Mix youth project in Stowmarket as well as partners from the NHS Mental Health Support Team.

Principal Lee Walker said: “This time of year can be very challenging for students, with exam season in full swing and the added pressures that can bring.

Stowupland High School has hosted a Wellbeing Festival to support students through the exam period. Picture: JMAT
Stowupland High School has hosted a Wellbeing Festival to support students through the exam period. Picture: JMAT

“We wanted to give students the opportunity to unwind at lunchtime and, if they would like to, to speak to someone about their mental health and wellbeing.”

A recent survey from the Children’s Society – the Good Childhood Report – revealed one in 10 children aged 10-17 said they had low wellbeing, with almost a third unhappy with at least one specific area of their lives.

The activities at Stowupland, put on during World Wellbeing Week, looked to combat this, giving students the opportunity to think about their wellbeing and how they can look after themselves.

The activities were put on during World Wellbeing Week. Picture: JMAT
The activities were put on during World Wellbeing Week. Picture: JMAT
“The students absolutely loved the week’s games and activities” – Principal Lee Walker. Picture: JMAT
“The students absolutely loved the week’s games and activities” – Principal Lee Walker. Picture: JMAT

Mr Walker added: “Young people have been through a lot over the last few years, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The results of the Good Childhood Report show many young people are struggling at the moment, and it is important we do all we can as a school to support their wellbeing.

“The students absolutely loved the week’s games and activities - we have had some excellent feedback.

“We would like to say a big thank you to our guests from The Mix youth project, the NHS Mental Health Support Team and the school’s trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who joined us for the week’s activities.”

Stowupland High School is part of the John Milton Academy Trust.