This prestigious award acknowledges our unwavering dedication to fostering the overall wellbeing of our students, encompassing their academic, emotional, and social development.

We invite parents/carers to join the Change Team responsible for undertaking the reverification process. We are seeking up to three additional volunteers to contribute their valuable insights, ideas, and perspectives in shaping the implementation of our school's wellbeing initiatives. If interested, please email Mr. Collins. Your involvement will significantly contribute to establishing a supportive and nurturing environment for our children.

The completion of the survey by parents/carers is of utmost importance. This survey evaluates our current wellbeing practices and identifies areas that warrant improvement. By providing your honest feedback and suggestions, we can develop tailored strategies to overcome challenges and fortify our commitment to student wellbeing. To access the survey, kindly click on the following link: Click here

Participating in the Wellbeing Award for Schools will not only enhance our school's reputation but also serve as a testament to our unwavering dedication to delivering a high-quality education that places student wellbeing at the forefront.

Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the Wellbeing Award for Schools is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community. NCB’s vision is an education system where good emotional wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of the culture and ethos of all schools, so that pupils, with the support of their teachers, can build confidence and flourish. Evidence shows us that wellbeing is of central importance to learning and attainment, with high levels of wellbeing associated with improved academic outcomes. Conversely, pupils who have mental health problems are more likely to have academic difficulties at school and experience social disadvantage later in adult life.

To achieve this vision of wellbeing at the heart of learning, NCB advocates the use of a ‘whole-school approach’ where all aspects of the school experience are harnessed to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils and staff. It is an approach where emotional wellbeing and mental health is everybody’s business.

There is continuing evidence of the impact of the pandemic on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children, their families and school staff. Bereavement, social isolation, increases in domestic abuse, increases in financial hardship and poverty, the loss of opportunities for staff to spot emerging needs in pupils, the suspension of school-based services and the reluctance of children, families and staff to seek medical help during lockdowns all contributed to both acute and longer-term challenges to emotional wellbeing and mental health. A high percentage of children and young people with pre-existing mental health needs say that their mental health deteriorated during the pandemic, and, for some, for whom working at home reduced their anxiety, there have been challenges in getting back into school and re-establishing regular attendance. Additional pressures arising since the return to school are further increasing financial hardship. Recovery needs to address both the immediate and the longer-term challenges and ensure that the wellbeing of pupils, staff and the wider school community is a priority.

The Wellbeing Award for Schools is a welcome opportunity to recognise the exceptional work that schools do in this area. The key features of a whole-school approach form the basis of the award, and it provides schools with a benchmark of best practice against which to test themselves. We believe that this celebration of success will encourage more schools to adopt an approach that puts emotional wellbeing and mental health at the heart of what they do.