As Nuffield Health pioneers the introduction of a Head of Wellbeing at Wood Green School in Witney, we asked four young people what wellbeing means to them.

As you might expect, the youngsters were tentative at first to answer the question. After all, wellbeing can mean a lot of different things to different people. But it didn’t take long for them to come out of their shells.

“We should eat well because as we get older our bones develop and if we eat junk food they won’t be strong, they’ll be weak. But if you eat lots of vitamins bone will get stronger and stronger,” said 10-year-old Anna.

Drama student Christine, 17, said, “You know that feeling when you’ve just been to the gym and you feel like you’re on the top of a mountain. That’s wellbeing, because you’re happy.”

And Tave, 10, said wellbeing is about “Looking after yourself and other people.” While sixth former Niyi said, “When I think of wellbeing I think of cleanliness, not looking like a mess.”

Find out what else wellbeing means to these young people:



Nuffield Health is working in partnership with Wood Green School in Oxfordshire on a ground-breaking two year school wellbeing pilot.

Beginning in September 2015, the pilot will seek to provide more effective support and infrastructure to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of both pupils and staff at the school.

Find out more about the Head of Wellbeing in schools pilot.

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