Emotional resilience is as important for young people as it is for adults. We have a reputation for caring for our students and we take our responsibility in this area very seriously indeed. We recognise that you will only achieve your dreams and ambitions if you are happy and have the skills you need to look after your own emotional health. We also know that, developing emotional resilience, is not about learning to cope with fitting more in to your life. People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behavior. They are able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks.

At The Lakes School, we have so many things in place to support you when you find things challenging. Visit some of the sections below to find out how your school cares for you and your emotional health.

Calm and Respectful School

The Lakes School has a reputation for being a calm and respectful place to study and to work. Students tell us that they feel safe around school and in classrooms and we know that this will help you concentrate on your studies and being the best that you can be. Remember to play your part by keeping up our reputation as a calm and respectful place to spend your school days.

Pastoral Managers

Both of our Pastoral Managers are highly experienced in supporting students who are finding things difficult. Miss Weir and Mr Taylor work closely with students to support them in a range of areas including emotional health. Their priority is to help you overcome whatever challenges you face so that you can be successful in all areas of your school life.

Clubs and Activities

Keeping a balance between your studies and your interests is really important for your emotional health. Take time every week to attend some of the clubs we have on offer. Speak to your teachers, keep an eye on your Tutor Group noticeboard or visit our extra-curricular page for more information.

Peer Mentors

Every year, a number of our Sixth Form students attend training to become Peer Mentors. This is one of the most important leadership roles we have for our students. A Peer Mentor can meet with you regularly to help you with your personal organisation, settling in to life at The Lakes School or to help you get involved in many of the activities we have on offer.

Visit our Peer Mentoring page for more information.

Form Tutor

You see your Form Tutor at least ten times a week and they will get to know you well over a period of a number of years at the school. Your Form Tutor will work closely with you and your family to ensure that you are well cared for and supported throughout your time at The Lakes School. Asking your Form Tutor for help with any aspect of your school life is always a good place to start.


We know how important it is for you to feel valued and to be rewarded for your achievements, that’s why we developed our merits system with our students. Feeling proud of yourself is really important for your emotional health so enjoy receiving merits from your teachers and, who knows, you might even receive an award in our end of term celebration assembly!


We are part of a small number of pioneering schools in Cumbria, and across the country who are embracing the work of the Mindfulness in Schools Project to help young people learn how to look after their own emotional health. The activities included in the Mindfulness lessons are well researched, well planned, non-religious and proven to help young people manage their emotional response to different situations.

Our work with Year 9 students is well underway and proving to be of great benefit to them. We look forward to reporting their feedback on this page in the near future. We will also be working closely with Year 7 students and incorporating Mindfulness in to our transition activities.

You can find out more information by visiting the Mindfulness in Schools Project website below.

Who can I go to for help?


You should always try to speak to your parents about any issues you may have.



Your Form Tutor knows you well and is placed to help you with any issues or worries you may have.


Trusted friends are always there for you and will advise you to talk to a suitable adult.

Mr M Taylor

Pastoral Manager

Mrs H Croft

First Aid

Miss D Weir

Pastoral Manager

Mrs G Fayers


Mr G France

Deputy Head Teacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead 1

Ms S Rainey

Head Teacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead 2

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