Last Thursday, over 100 Students from Thomas Adams School, Sir John Talbot’s School, Oswestry School, The Grove School, Morton Hall and The Marches School attended a Psychology Conference at The Marches School. Representatives from Aberystwyth University, Wrexham Glyndwr University, University of Chester, University of Chester in Shrewsbury and Liverpool Hope University were also in attendance to deliver a wide range of psychology based workshops and presentations.

The sessions were focused on the theme of ‘Well-being’ as The Marches School recognises how important this is for learning and thriving. The thought provoking sessions allowed students to not only further their psychology subject knowledge, but to find out more about the many excellent universities locally. Workshops included; “Exploring resilience: what does it really mean?”, ‘A balanced approach to well-being’, “Superstitions and stress as a coping mechanism”, ‘Mindfulness and Wellbeing’, ‘It gets better: Life beyond A-levels’ and ‘How humour can enhance well-being’. Each student attended four workshops and also had chance to network with workshop leaders.

A huge well done to Dr Julie Leoni, Psychology Teacher here at The Marches for organising such a fantastic event, she comments; “Our vision for the conference was to create a centre of excellence for psychology in Oswestry. Our school is lucky enough to have outstanding training facilities and it has been a pleasure to bring together staff and students from local schools to develop their knowledge of psychology. We want to develop a community of psychology professionals and enthusiasts as we believe that psychology is not only an A Level subject, but a tool which can help us all develop our relationships, our mental health and our potential as human beings and nothing can be more important than that”.