Do you worry about your daughter coping when things go wrong?

Abraham Lincoln said “The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

We often tell our students that we will give them the recipe, we will give them the ingredients, but they must bake the cake. The journey to success will bring challenges and how they cope with those challenges will determine the measure of their success.

A child’s education is the portal to their future. Their school days will see them transform from little girls into young women and during their time at school, they will have to navigate all the tricky challenges that the teenage years can bring. They need sympathy, understanding and knowledgeable guidance in order to preserve a healthy state of mind and develop a can-do attitude.

We understand the pressures young students face as they make their journey to adulthood. We know that the emotional and physical changes they experience in the teen years can, at the very least, be unsettling and at worst, quite frightening. We understand that they are worried about the pressures of examination performance but that these days they are also faced with the draining challenges surrounding body image and self-esteem presented by social media.

Here at Adcote, we build strategies in our students that allow them to be strong in the face of the trials they encounter in the modern world. Our carefully crafted curriculum means that we build resilience in their characters, from tackling nerves before a sports match to having the organisation and determination to learn lines before a school performance or to conquer a difficult problem as part of our Challenge programme. In this way, they cope with adversity and go on to flourish.

However, we also know that sometimes children need some extra support. We are the adults and it is our responsibility to use our experience and training to help them with specialised care and advice. That is why we have our Student Services Department.  Our staff provide support for whatever a student’s additional needs might be, whether that’s help in unblocking some learning barriers, or providing extra support if English is not a student’s first language.

We take mental health very seriously in our school. All our staff are trained in mental well-being for students and our attitude of care means that girls always have someone to talk to if they are worried about something, but additionally, we have an on-site counsellor to listen and advise students if they so wish.