Wellbeing award for schools

In October 2020, we began working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools. We signed up to this award to further develop our work to promote positive wellbeing and mental health for the whole school community and gain accreditation for the on-going work around pupil, staff and parent mental health.

Achieving this award requires the involvement of all members of the school community: staff, parents, pupils, governors as well as external stakeholders. During the process to accreditation, we sought the views of the whole school community. We wanted to hear about their challenges and what we could do to best support them. We also wanted to embed an open culture where mental health is discussed without stigma or prejudice.

At the start of January 2021, the school was assessed. We are delighted to say that we achieved the award, a fantastic outcome for the school, learners, parents and staff which recognises the hard work that went into the award.

We are still seeking input on how we can better serve our community’s mental health needs. We will continue to make promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health a priority of the school. To achieve this, we have developed a whole school strategy and vision statement which builds on the successes to date and which we feel will continue to have a significant positive impact on pupils, staff and parents.

About the Wellbeing Award for Schools

The award focuses on changing the long-term culture of the whole school and its’ 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 will help us to create an environment where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.

When we have achieved the award, we will 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