Placing Pupil Wellbeing at the Heart of Stanborough Primary School

A primary school in Hertfordshire has been transformed by giving an outside classroom a facelift to create a tranquil oasis of calm for pupils. 

The elected School Council members from Stanborough Primary School 2020 – 2021 were determined to leave a remarkable legacy by fundraising to create a wellbeing room. This space has been created for all pupils and staff to use as a place to relax, unwind and recharge – physically, mentally and spiritually. The official unveiling of the wellbeing room is on Monday 11 October 2021. The children will then be given access to the room at allocated times throughout the week. 

The room has been decorated in a neutral colour scheme with pupil-created artwork and inspirational quotes delicately interwoven into the décor, creating a calm and cosy space. Soft furnishings, soothing lighting and music enhances the space with access to purposeful activities that further promote wellbeing. 

Mrs Tiann Madden, Headteacher, believes that the wellbeing of pupils and staff continues to be a top priority, especially during these unprecedented times. She states, “I was enthralled by the school council’s idea to create a space designed by the pupils for the pupils; a safe place where they can just relax and unwind.” Madden added, “We were excited for this project knowing it would make a big difference to our pupils who have already had a preview. This initiative is already positively impacting the school.” 

Wellbeing Champions have been appointed within each year group to encourage the entire school community to develop and maintain a growth mindset and raise awareness of mental health issues in partnership with the school’s wellbeing leader. The school believes in the importance of looking after everyone’s emotional health and hopes to become a trailblazer in this area. 

Year 6 pupil and Wellbeing Champion, Lucas, said, “Our new wellbeing room is calm and relaxing. If any child is sad or upset they can calm themselves down by rocking in the egg chair. I also like the mini tent and wellbeing games. I am looking forward to supporting my peers throughout the year.” 

Diya and Aniyah (Year 3 pupils) said, “The tent is like glamping with stars above. It makes us happy and is a great place to relax with friends.”

In March 2020 Saffy, a miniature Cockapoo, became the school dog. Saffy has made an immense difference to the wellbeing of the school and is a much-loved asset, treasured by everyone. Mrs Madden remarks, “Saffy brings joy to all she meets. Nobody can resist her charming personality.” Saffy has worked hard with the Dog Mentor Training programme and has been awarded bronze and silver certificates. She is currently working towards completing the gold award. 

Stanborough Primary School will be hosting an Open Morning on Friday, 3 December from 10 am until 12 noon to tour the school and its new wellbeing room, meet staff members, pupils and Saffy! To book a slot Email [email protected]