Now more than ever it is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. We are all spending significant amounts of time inside, around the same people every day and this may mean that we are more inclined to dwell on negative thoughts and feelings when they arise. It is important that we work hard to counteract this, by doing little things that can make us feel happy and maintain a positive mindset. We have collated some resources that you may find useful during this time. 

What is help and support is available  

PSHE: Life Skills and Social Moral Spiritual Cultural studies: 

At Hetton School, we are proud to be at the centre of the community. Students have access to a wide range of opportunities that develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness through personal development lessons which take place during tutor time. 

National Information: 

Health area Description 
Bereavement: Winston’s Wish This site is for young people like you, who know exactly what it is like to have someone important to them die. 
Bullying: Kidscape With advice and practical skills to learn on how to deal with bullying 
Bullying UK With general and specific advice on all types of bullying. 
Connect Safely Connect Safely is everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of social media and mobile 
Drugs and Alcohol: Frank  
Rise Above  
Emotional Health and Wellbeing: BEAT Beating Eating Disorders BEAT provides helplines, online support and a network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders. 
Young Minds Offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. 
NSPCC Offers advice and information on female genital mutilation. 
Childline If you need someone to talk to, you can talk to Childline about any problem you are worried about. They are available 24 hours a day and can talk to you in confidence. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. You can call them for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website. 
Selfharm UK Self Harm is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what’s going on in your life. 
NSHN Network National Self Harm Network supports individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life. They support and provide information for family and carers of individuals who self harm. They seek to raise awareness of the needs of people who self harm, dispel myths and combat discrimination. 

Fitness and mental health and well-being

At Hetton School we aim to provide high quality Physical Education  and  School Sport. We aim to provide all students with the opportunity to develop their own confidence and skilfulness across a wide range of physical activities. 

Regular physical activity is so important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We strongly believe that a  healthy body leads to a  healthy mind. Physical activity is one of the key methods of  mental  relaxation that can help prevent and relieve the build-up of stress  and  anxiety. Students are faced with many challenges at school which come with work, deadline  and  results based pressures  and  we see the PE curriculum as paramount in helping our students control their levels of stress and  anxiety alongside their academic curriculum. 

We offer a diverse range of physical activities our aim is to promote lifelong participation in sport so that students can benefit from all that it entails. 

Extra curriculum activities: 

Our extracurricular sport programme is an extension of our curriculum. It provides a platform for students to: 

  • Develop their skills and confidence further in selected activities 
  • Develop their skills  and  confidence further in selected activities 
  • Develop their social skills through working as part of a team 
  • Maintain an active  healthy lifestyle 
  • Improve their physical  and  mental  wellbeing  through regular physical activity. 

There are opportunities for those wishing to experience competitive sport through school teams and our sports academies, but we place equal importance on providing a platform for recreational, or social, play. 


Any students who wish to report bullying but prefer not to speak to someone face-to-face can email: christine.anderson@hetton.org

The Department of Education has released a guide on cyberbullying, which can be read here

Useful Links

For help and advice about bullying and staying safe online you can visit the following websites:

“My eldest son left school in 2007 so there was never any question of which school my youngest would attend in 2012. However, what a huge difference I’ve found in the school from then until now. The school is very well led with the Head being a major presence, the staff are very well respected, approachable and helpful at all levels. Examination results continue to improve which is fantastic. Pupil moral is great with reward schemes, extra-curricular activities and school excursions open to all.”

Parent of Year 8 Student

"Parents and carers are broadly supportive of the school and its new leadership. They feel that their children are well cared for and supported"

Ofsted Quote

“As parents, we are always impressed with the way in which Hetton School staff listen to comments or concerns, and act quickly and effectively, particularly when relating to pupil progress and wellbeing. There’s a good community feeling. Hetton School has good systems in place to support students’ individual attainment. It offers good opportunities outside of the school day for pupils to progress further. We’re well aware that standards and results at Hetton School have risen in recent years and continue to do so.”

Parent of Year 7 and 10 Student

"Pupils are proud of their school and its caring, tolerant ethos".

Ofsted Quote

“I am very pleased with the pastoral support. Hetton School value the opinion of students and this can only help to build self-confidence into adulthood.”

Parent of Year 10 Student

"The quality of leadership and teaching in the local authority resource provision for pupils who have speech and language difficulties enables pupils to make strong progress".

Ofsted Quote

“I have been very impressed with how well my daughter has settled into Hetton School. She has made some very good friends, gets on well with her form tutor, enjoys her lessons and has made good academic progress. The school keeps me up-to-date with how she is doing and acknowledges when she has done something of particular merit. The Parents Forum gives us a voice to bring up any issues that arise and for the school to ask our opinion also. I would definitely recommend Hetton School to any prospective pupil or parent, and with a new build coming, Hetton will finally have the building this good school deserves.”

Parent of Year 8 Student
Tyne and Wear School Sports Alliance
Triple P
The FA Charter Mark
Sunderland Mental Health Charter Mark
Sunderland Anti Bullying Charter
STEM Ambassadors Logo
Sunderland Active Gold Standard
Foundation of Light
DFE 2016 Character Charter

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