Repton has engendered a culture where peer-support is a significant additional source of support. The School Prefects receive induction and ongoing training – including a one-day mental health first aid course – that encourages a careful, supportive and watchful eye about the School. We conduct pupil surveys to better understand our pupils’ experiences, whilst also consulting Prefects and employing student forums to ensure that Pupil Voice helps to shape our pastoral provision and decision making. Moreover, as an accredited STEER Tracking school we are using this proactive adolescent mental health tracking tool to help us identify pupils' hidden risks at an early stage.
Two significant pupil-led pastoral initiatives that have had a positive impact on our community have been the introduction of a therapy dog into School and the introduction of dedicated Wellbeing areas – a room where pupils can be on their own or with their friends containing advice booklets, board games and other resources to support good mental health. The pupils own this space, so can decorate it and furnish it as they wish.