Wellbeing award for schools

Mental health and wellbeing is a key focus at Park House School, and we keep it at the heart of all of our planning. To build on the work we’ve been doing in that area, in September 2021 we started working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

The award involved the whole-school community and stakeholders - pupils, staff and parents. It began by auditing our existing practices and seeking feedback from stakeholders before working to make improvements based on their suggestions. We are delighted to say that in March 2023 we achieved the award.

Why did we take part in the award?

We are aware that mental health is a continuum and can be ever changing. Some children may face significant life events that can considerably impact their emotional wellbeing. As a school, we are proud to challenge and want to include new ways in which we can support the mental health and wellbeing of our school community. We want to be confident in our abilities to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to be able to appropriately support our entire school community.

Now that we have achieved the award, we will be continuing our work in the area and continuing to prioritise mental health and wellbeing across the school.

About the Wellbeing Award for Schools

The award focuses on changing the long-term culture of the whole school and it’s community. The criteria for the award scheme has ensured that effective practice and provision is in place for pupils, staff and parents. The award has helped us to develop these practices where necessary and help us to ensure that wellbeing is embedded in the long-term strategy for the school.

It helps us to create an environment where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.

By achieving the award, we have demonstrated our commitment to:

  • Promoting mental health as part of everyday school life
  • Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff, pupils, parents and carers
  • Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
  • Offering provision and interventions that matches the needs of our pupils and staff
  • Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
  • Capturing the views of parents, pupils and staff on mental health issues