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Welfare & Wellbeing

At Prendergast School, the wellbeing of our school community is at the heart of our ethos. Our strong belief in the value of kindness is reflected in our school motto: ‘Truth, Freedom, Honour and Courtesy’ and is a fundamental part of the culture of our school.  We recognise and champion the fact that a positive sense of wellbeing and mental health is fundamental to the ability of our school community to thrive. We recognise that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their ability to learn, as well as their physical health and mental wellbeing in adulthood. We are committed to our continuing work to ensure that wellbeing is a fundamental part of the culture of the school, and to ensuring we create an environment where mental health is considered the responsibility of all, enabling all members of our school community to achieve their potential. 

“Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
(World Health Organization 2014)

In September 2020 we gained the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the Wellbeing Award for Schools is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community. NCB’s vision is an education system where good emotional wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of the culture and ethos of all schools, so that pupils, with the support of their teachers, can build confidence and flourish. Evidence shows us that wellbeing is of central importance to learning and attainment, with high levels of wellbeing associated with improved academic outcomes. Conversely, pupils who have mental health problems are more likely to have academic difficulties at school and experience social disadvantage later in adult life.

To achieve this vision, NCB advocates the use of a ‘whole-school approach’ where all aspects of the school experience are harnessed to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils and staff. It is an approach where emotional wellbeing and mental health is everybody’s business.

The Wellbeing Award for Schools is a welcome opportunity to recognise the exceptional work that schools do in this area. The key features of a whole-school approach form the basis of the award, and it provides schools with a benchmark of best practice against which to test itself. We believe that this celebration of success will encourage more schools to adopt an approach that puts emotional wellbeing and mental health at the heart of what they do.

 Further information that parents and carers may find of interest:

Anxiety UK – guide for parents

Alarming Adrenaline

Anxiety Management Techniques

Anti Bullying Power Point

Beating Anxiety

Wellbeing Booklet 1 - For Young People

Wellbeing Booklet 2 - For Parents

Wellbeing Booklet 3 - For Professionals

Looking After Yourself During Your GCSEs - A Guide for Pupils 

An Emotionally Healthy Approach to GCSEs - A Guide for Parents

An Emotionally Healthy Approach to GCSEs - A Guide for Teachers

Please click the link below to also see information on the 'Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools website’ 

E-Safety Information

It is vitally important for students to use the internet safely and responsibly. Please click on the link to view E-Safety information for parents and carers.

Privacy Notice for Students

Our privacy notice for pupils

You have a legal right to be informed about how our school uses any personal information that we hold about you. This notice summarises how and why we process your personal data. The full Privacy Notice is available on the Leathersellers' Federation policy page.

We, Prendergast School, are the ‘data controller’ for the purposes of data protection law. Our data protection officer is Martin Cunningham (see ‘Contact us’ below).

The personal data we hold

We hold personal information about you to make sure we can help you learn and look after you at school. For the same reasons, we get information about you from some other places too – like other schools, the local authority and the government.

This information includes but is not limited to:

  • Your contact details
  • Your exam results
  • Your attendance records
  • Your characteristics, e.g. ethnic background or SEN issues
  • Any medical conditions you have
  • Details of any behaviour issues or exclusions
  • Photographs
  • CCTV images

Why we use this data

We use this data to help run the school, including to:

  • Get in touch with you and your parents/carers when we need to
  • Look after your wellbeing, check how you’re doing in exams and work out whether you or your teachers need any extra help
  • Track how well the school as a whole is performing

Our legal basis for using this data

We only collect and use your information when the law allows us to. Most often, we use it to provide you with an education. Sometimes, we may use your personal information where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interest). Some reasons for collecting and using your information overlap, so there may be several grounds which mean we can use your data.

Where we have got permission to use your data, you or your parents/carers may withdraw this at any time. We will make this clear when we ask for permission, and explain how to go about withdrawing consent.

Collecting this information

While in most cases you, or your parents/carers, must provide the personal information we need to collect, on some occasions you can choose whether or not to provide it. We will always tell you if it’s optional. If you must provide the data, we will explain what might happen if you don’t.

How we store this data

We will keep personal information about you while you are a pupil at our school. Unless we pass it to a college or sixth form, we are required by law to keep your school file until you are 25 years old.

Data sharing

We do not share personal information about you with anyone outside the school without permission from you or your parents/carers, unless the law and our policies allow us to.

National Pupil Database

We are required to provide information about you to the Department for Education (a government department) as part of data collections, such as the school census.

The database is held electronically and turned into statistics. The information it holds is collected securely from schools, local authorities, exam boards and others.

Youth support services

Once you reach the age of 13, we are legally required to pass on certain information about you to the London Borough of Lewisham, as it has legal responsibilities regarding the education or training of 13-19 year-olds. This information enables it to provide youth support services, post-16 education and training services, and careers advisers.

Your parents/carers, or you once you’re 16, can contact our data protection officer to ask us to only pass your name, address and date of birth to the London Borough of Lewisham.

LRS service

The information you supply is used by the Learning Records Service (LRS). The LRS issues Unique Learner Numbers (ULN) and creates Personal Learning records across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is operated by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE).For more information about how your information is processed, and to access your Personal Learning Record, please refer to:

Your rights

How to access personal information we hold about you

You can find out if we hold any personal information about you, and how we use it, by making a ‘subject access request’, as long as we judge that you can properly understand your rights and what they mean. You also have the right to have your data corrected, deleted or destroyed if it is wrong, or restrict our use of it.

If you want to make a request, please contact our data protection officer.


We take any complaints about how we collect and use your personal data very seriously, so please let us know if you think we’ve done something wrong.

You can make a complaint at any time by contacting our data protection officer.

You can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office in one of the following ways:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire  SK9 5AF

Contact us

If you have any questions, concerns or would like more information about anything mentioned in this privacy notice, please contact our data protection officer:

Mr Martin Cunningham
Prendergast School
Adelaide Avenue
London  SE4 1LE

This notice is based on the Department for Education’s model privacy notice for pupils, amended to reflect the way we use data in this school.

February 2020