King James's School

Wellbeing for staff

As a school, we take staff wellbeing seriously. Our definition of wellbeing, in alignment with the DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter , is "A state of complete physical and mental health that is characterised by high-quality social relationships." 

Similarly, we agree with The World Health Organisation's definition of wellbeing as: 'a state of mind in which an individual is able to realise his or her own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."

In order to support these principles, King James's School have introduced a number of measures to support staff in many different ways.

DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

All staff members at King James's School were invited to look at key priorities as identified by the DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter and to vote on what they felt was most important to look at as a school community.

Thereafter, the Wellbeing Strategy group, the Staff Forum, and subsequently the senior team addressed (and continue to address) the issues raised.

Working at KJS

Working in schools is incredibly rewarding, but at times it can also be very challenging. However, as a school, we work hard to overcome these challenges. 

If you wonder what it might be like to work at King James's School, you can read about how we recognise and support our staff on our Working at KJS page.

How we meet the DfE Education Staff Wellbeing charter

The working culture at King James’s School comprises:

  • Culture of trust – we don’t micro-manage and empower people to take ownership and we allow them to flourish
  • Supportive approach to events outside of work – we understand that we are all people, with lives away from work which can impact on our ability to give our role 100% all of the time
  • Open door to leaders – your feedback and ideas are really welcomed
  • Comprehensive CPD for staff at all stages of their career – to help you achieve excellence
  • Purposeful working – meetings and tasks are all there for a reason, to support learning
  • Reasonable expectation of working hours – we want you to work smarter, not longer
  • Role reviews – helping to ensure your workload is sustainable
  • Realistic deadlines – this allows you to manage your time effectively
  • Flexible working opportunities at all levels, including phased retirement – we know how important a good work/life balance is to people
  • Regular staff surveys and Staff Forum meetings – your chance to have your say on things which matter to you

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Useful websites for staff


There is an interesting article about "Wellbeing and work/life balance: 10 tips for new teachershere