"Wellbeing underpins all aspects of a young person's experience at school. We understand that for our pupils, who are navigating their formative years, there are challenges they will face."

"For some these will be small but for others they may be significant, and this is why our approach to pastoral care is interwoven with all aspects of our provision and is seen as a collective responsibility of all members of our community." 

Simon Lockyer, Headmaster

Our aim is to help our pupils build strong foundations that foster good wellbeing for life by:

  • Helping pupils learn and embed strategies for their own self-care and positive wellbeing.
  • Monitoring each pupil’s wellbeing through our pastoral structures and systems.
  • Supporting our pupils if they struggle, with personalised, appropriate, school-based and/or external specialist services.
  • Communicating with parents as to how to support their children’s wellbeing.  

A large support network underpins the care for each pupil, which includes a house parent, tutor, teachers, matron, chaplain, peer counsellors and school prefects plus a Health & Wellbeing Centre and counselling service.


We recognise the importance of pupil wellbeing across the following five areas: 



The wellbeing of everyone in our community is important to us – so if you are feeling that you would like someone to talk to, please know we are here to help.


Wellbeing news


Happy Thanksgiving to our RHS community who celebrate this holiday. Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. The word Thanksgiving means the act of expressing or feeling thankful; in other words, it is the act of giving thanks for what you're grateful for. 

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Anti-Bullying Week

Last week was Anti-Bullying Week and on Monday our pupils and staff were all invited to wear odd socks to celebrate individuality. There were some fun photos from some of our departments, and our day and boarding houses who were encouraged to take part in an Odd Socks Day ‘Catchy Caption’ competition.

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RHS Wellbeing

"Wellbeing at RHS is more than just helping a young person find a solution to their problem. It's about encouraging and supporting them to develop an individual set of skills to look after their wellbeing throughout their school years and beyond."  

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Sailing Weeks

Our sailing weeks are an integral and exciting part of the first term for all our Year 7 pupils, where they learn to sail as a beginner or improve their skills over the course of a week-long programme at Alton Water, led by our experienced Director of Sailing, Mr Sibson, and his team. 

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World Mental Health Day

In recognition of World Mental Health Day today, Monday 10 October, and the fantastic work that Young Minds do in support of mental health in young people, all pupils and staff were invited to accessorise with a yellow item of clothing or accessory in support of the Young Minds #HelloYellow campaign. 

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Year 7 Bibles

Captain Rob Watson and his wife Sandra from Good News for Everyone (formerly known as Gideons UK) visited the Royal Hospital School on the 15 September to gift bibles to our Year 7s.

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One Kind Word

For this year's Anti-Bullying Week, 'One Kind Word' has been chosen as the overall theme. Being kind to one another is so important, especially after the difficulties we have all faced over the last 18 months or so.

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In recognition of World Mental Health Day 2022 and the fantastic work that the charity YoungMinds do in support of mental health in young people, all pupils and staff were invited to wear a yellow accessory or item of clothing in support of the Young Minds #HelloYellow campaign.



As a school we prioritise the importance of wellbeing in our whole community, including that of pupils, staff and parents. As such we are working towards gaining the Optimus Wellbeing Award during the academic year 2022/2023. This includes a process of self-evaluation, action planning, portfolio building and verification to show that we have met the standard for the award. Led by Zoë King, our Deputy Head (Pastoral) and supported by a network of highly skilled advisers, the award is built on eight objectives which epitomise best practice. Amongst these objectives, the school must: 

  • be committed to promoting and protecting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • regard wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of everyone
  • actively promote positive staff wellbeing.

Four groups have been formed to work on the eight objectives, with involvement from Governors, pupils, parents, teachers, support staff and external advisers.

Zoë King, Deputy Head Pastoral