Anxiety and your child

Anxiety can be quite common in children, and people of all ages. It is an inbuilt mechanism designed to protect us. However, it can be something that stops us from functioning to our full potential as people, and can result in different emotional, physical and mental health issues.

As parents we are in a good position to help our children with this.  The following links will guide you through the signs and symptoms of anxiety, and what you can do to help your child. If you feel that your child needs more help, either contact your GP, or your child’s Year Manager, and we will let you know what we are able to offer at our school.

> Tips for parents from NHS          > Tips for pupils from Childline          > Pupil leaflet about anxiety

Sleep and your child

Sleep is a vital part of mental and physical wellbeing. According to medical research, all children from primary to secondary school, are recommended to have at least 9 hours sleep a night, and that includes the 16-year-olds too!

The following link will guide you around what the right environment is to promote a good night’s sleep and what you can do to help your child get into good routines, not just so they can learn, but for the rest of their lives:

> Healthy sleep tips from NHS          > Pupil leaflet about sleep trouble

Exam stress and pressure

Taking exams can be stressful. As parents, we want our children to be successful in their exams, and a part of that is helping them to manage this pressure. Covering all the basics of a calm, quiet environment with good food and a plan that includes exercise, are the key ingredients to supporting them. There are many things that young people can access too in order to manage themselves. In school we can help with relaxation techniques etc.

The following link will guide you and your child through coping with exam stress and pressure:

> Advice from Childline             > Pupil leaflet about exam stress and pressure

Your child and their wellbeing

As a school we want to work in partnership with parents to support the healthy development of their child, so that they grow to their full potential, being able to be resilient productive people, who can enjoy the fruits of their success, whatever path they choose in life.

This link acts as a great reminder of things we can do as parents to connect with our children and create the foundations towards adulthood:

> Guide from Boots on teenage wellbeing