Happy Channing students

Happiness and Wellbeing

Academic success at Channing is partly achieved, we believe, when underpinned by an exceptional pastoral care framework which ensures that every student is supported and encouraged. Channing pupils enjoy a nurturing and positive environment that allows them to question, be free, think independently and gain confidence as they progress through the school. It is worthy to note that the Channing Code – The Channing Promise – was devised by pupils and this is adhered to by staff and pupils alike and forms the backbone of the school.

At Channing School, we:

  • Treat everyone with respect and kindness.
  • Think of others and be aware of their feelings.
  • Create a positive and supportive environment where we have the freedom to act, think and be heard.
  • Make the most of the opportunities we are given.
  • Treat all people fairly.

Our pastoral system ensures that Year groups work collaboratively, creating a respectful partnership between pupils and staff. All members of the community have a shared commitment to achieve and enjoy success. Students know who they can talk to: a typical Channing day always features girls and staff chatting during break and lunchtimes and Form Tutors spending time with their Form to ensure their day is going well.

Pupils are allotted a form group and form activities, registration and PSHE time are spent with this group. Each group has a Form Tutor and a Co-Tutor. Pupils also have the opportunity to mix with other year groups as part of the House system. Older pupils provide peer subject mentoring and also participate in Form Time by leading activities and discussion sessions. All new Year 7 pupils are allotted a ‘Big Sister’ in Year 8 who ensures that any issues causing concern can be raised and discussed.

Medical information

Channing School has two experienced part-time Registered Nurses: Ms Tas Franklin (Senior Nurse) and Ms Abi Levinson. Prior to School Nursing, Ms Tas Franklin specialised in Accident and Emergency care and she is also a Psychotherapist with a part-time private practice. Ms Abi Levinson specialised in Contraception and Sexual Health working for many years in the NHS, practising as a Specialist Nurse. Prior to this, she worked in a school nurse team for the NHS. They are supported in the Junior School by our Welfare Assistant, Ms Sukriti Bhatnagar.

The Nurses will care for any pupils who have become unwell or have been injured during the day, as well as supporting those with any chronic health conditions. They are also available to discuss in confidence any problems or anxieties they may have. Our school ethos is to support pupils to stay at school as much as possible, but Nurses will use their professional judgement to decide if a pupil needs to be sent home and will ask parents to collect them.

The Nurses ensure that the school has in excess of the legally required numbers of staff trained in First Aid at Work, as well as having key staff trained in Paediatric First Aid, Forest School First Aid, Outdoor First Aid and Sports First Aid. All other staff have access to a bespoke online Channing First Aid training course.

Ms Tas Franklin is a registered instructor with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, and runs a program training staff on an intensive 2 day Youth MHFA course, as well as the equivalent Adult MHFA course for senior staff.

School Councellors

Abisola is our Senior School counsellor. She is an experienced BACP registered humanistic therapist. Prior to working as a school counsellor Abisola worked as an employee counsellor for Charities such as Mind and TimeOut. Her areas of special interest are Identity and Anxiety. At the core of humanistic therapy is the belief that we are all moving towards being the best versions of ourselves. Difficult life experiences can often get in the way and leave you feeling stuck, anxious or low. Abisola’s role is to support our students by creating a safe, supportive space where they can explore themselves and their current difficulties and achieve personal growth. This may be done through personal therapy sessions or through group workshops during PSHE.  Students in Year 7-9 are referred to the service by their Heads of Year whilst students in Year 10- 13 can self-refer.