Health & Wellbeing


Mrs Fraser – Leadership of Space 2B & Space 4U, Whole school Nurture Approaches, MVP, MHA, Barnardos Liaison, H&W Partnerships, PSE Overview.


Ms McQuillian – Liaising with DHT BGE & PT HWB for Planned Targeted Support. Curricular Development, Anti-discrimination Initiatives, PGHS Garden Development and 0.2 PT Guidance Glen House Fridays.



Student Zone

Extracurricular Activities

  • Seasonal Harvest Cooking Sessions
  • Monday – Man on drop-in
  • Tuesday –  Crafts drop-in
  • Wednesday – Crafts drop-in
  • Thursday – Man on drop-in
  • Friday – Crafts drop-in

Nurture Principles

Learning in Health and Wellbeing, is a key part of the Curriculum for Excellence and Building the Ambition which emphasises the need to ensure that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future. Health and Wellbeing is also seen as a ‘Responsibility of All’. A focus on a nurturing approach provides schools with a framework to help them achieve these aims.

Space 2B & Space 4U

Space 2B is a Wellbeing Space, where young people can safely and positively explore barriers to their success and develop life skills to overcome these.

  • A safe space where young people can explore barriers to their success – this could be barriers in school or everyday life beyond school.
  • Highlights the huge importance of looking after our mental, emotional and social wellbeing.
  • We welcome all young people of Port Glasgow High School.
  • PT Pupil Support, a Guidance Teacher or a member of SLT can refer young people with flexibility built in to provide an ad hoc service to young people in need of a safe space if appropriate.
  • Pupils can also self refer through their Guidance teacher, PT HWB or year head

Living Life To The Full

The most recommended course for stress, anxiety and depression by Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Teams and NHS Mental Health Trusts in England.

Living Life to the Full teaches a range of life skills that are based on the tried and trusted CBT approach, aiming to improve wellbeing and resilience as you go through the journey of life.

LLLTF is written by an accredited CBT practitioner who is also an expert in education and training, Dr Chris Williams, Emeritus Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry University of Glasgow. It aims to give key information using everyday non-complex language.

Here at PGHS we use LLTTF in Space 2B to support students with these challenges so that they are able to flourish in their education.


Outdoor Learning

Garden Project

Spending time in nature is positive for our mental health and wellbeing. Benefits include reduced stress, increased physical activity, and better physical health. Our senses connect us to the environment around us, from the shapes in nature we see to the scents that trees give off and the soft fascination that nature can stimulate which helps our minds rest.

From Ground to Plate Club

From the ground to the plate! The garden has grown a beautiful harvest of carrots and purple potatoes and our young people decided to make some healthy carrot and coriander soup after school today.



Partnership Support

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Award at SCQF levels 4 and 5

The Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing at SCQF levels 4 and 5 aim to:

  • reduce stigma surrounding mental health
  • arm young people with healthy coping strategies
  • promote knowledge of the impact of mental health on behaviour
  • dispel myths surrounding mental health
  • promote understanding of positive and negative impacts on mental health
  • help individuals to make the right choices
  • promote understanding of the potential uses and impact of social media and the internet
  • create resilience

Course Overview

National Progression Award in Horticulture at SCQF level 4

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.

The NPA in Horticulture at SCQF level 4 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the horticulture sector and covers areas such as allotment gardening and plant propagation.

It develops: knowledge and understanding of horticulture; practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; and organisational and communication skills.

Course Overview

Peer Education

S6 Mental Health Ambassadors
Peer Education training for S5 and 6 pupils to become Mental Health Ambassadors. This has been very successful in London and other parts of England and we are excited to be offering this Mental Health Foundation opportunity at PGHS .
The training helps inform young people about mental health and how to support others. New Mental health Ambassadors then teach 5 lessons to S1 pupils. As well as building confidence and leadership this will also build up community hours, give pupils wider achievement accreditation and is a fantastic attribute to put on a CV or UCAS/college application.

Mental Health Foundation Peer Education Project Overview

Mentors in Violence Prevention

Peer mentors are at the heart of the MVP programme.

The mentor training involves mentors considering a number of scenarios that young people may come across in school. These include, among others –

  • possible bullying in the corridor
  • inappropriate photos on a phone
  • hearing insults

Mentors consider whether a bystander should intervene and, if so, what the possible consequences of different actions may be. Mentors are trained to elicit responses from the young people they are working with. Over the period of a school session, mentors will deliver around 4 lessons to each of their classes. During the year there will be regular meetings of the mentors with members of the school management group to support the mentors and ensure that their training is ongoing.

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) an overview


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