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Sixth Form College

Focus on wellbeing

Wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at BG6. It is incredibly important to us that we work in partnership with our learners to support their educational experience and aspirations, while equally ensuring that they are supported with their wellbeing. This approach embodies our ‘Grow’ values of: generosity, resilience and openness.


We’ve had a busy few weeks this term so far, with exams and study sessions taking place. Our young people have been making the most of their revision sessions, which is brilliant!


We ensure there is additional support available during the exam period, alongside the continued wellbeing and academic support that is provided throughout the year:

  • Free breakfast for all Year 13 students, every morning 
  • One-to-one support from tutors 
  • Counselling services are also available, should anyone need this support


The focal point during this time was a wellbeing assembly to further support learners. It included a Play-Doh session to address coping mechanisms during stressful times and learners were fully engaged, finding it a useful approach. Self-care bags were shared with those who attended the and included a range of items to help our young people manage their own wellbeing; from a scented candle to a pen branded with a motivational message, as well as hand cream and a squishy stress toy - to emulate the Play-Doh experience!


Here’s a sample of some feedback directly from our BG6 learners:

  • Informative, learned something new about mental health, helped me with stress with upcoming exams 
  • Today's assembly was really good, and gave some good tips. Loved playing with Play-Doh and loved the wellbeing pack
  • The assembly made me happy, made me feel better about myself and made me realise things about myself 
  • The wellbeing assembly put a smile on my face and it was a great way to start the day
  • The assembly was really fun and it was nice to have a new way to cope with stress. I have recommend using Play-Doh for stress to my siblings 


In addition, in support of Mental Health Awareness Week last month, our learners also held a ‘wear it green day’ to raise money for Mind. This demonstrates their generosity of spirit and the importance of thinking of others who may be in need of help.


We’re so proud of them all and wish them well in their exams, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for them!


Sanam Ali, BG6 Respect Lead