To tackle the growing number of pupils suffering from mental health issues, the NCB (National Children’s Bureau) has created a Wellbeing Award for Schools and we are proud to announce that after working towards this for twelve months, the school achieved the award in December 2019.
The award recognises schools that have embedded a culture which values happiness and the emotional welfare of all its children. It also recognises schools with a culture in which mental health can thrive as a result of having a range of wellbeing initiatives as part of day to day school life and an ongoing strategy for improving pupil and staff wellbeing.
The award found that the school demonstrates ongoing commitment to promoting positive wellbeing and mental health and that wellbeing is a fundamental consideration in all decisions by leaders and governors. They also noted that children have access to a range of interventions and skilled staff to support their emotional wellbeing and mental health and that our extensive outdoor environment, and the learning opportunities it offers, is used to promote pupil wellbeing.
With this award, we have demonstrated our commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of every day school life
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff and pupils
- 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 teachers on mental health issues
The school continues its work on wellbeing and is committed to further improving our current positive outcomes. The award is reviewed in 2022. To learn more about the award please click here.
Wellbeing at Woodmansterne
At Woodmansterne Primary School, we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for our whole school community (children, staff, parents and carers), and recognise how important mental health and emotional wellbeing is to our lives in just the same way as physical health. We recognise that children’s mental health is a crucial factor in their overall wellbeing and can affect their learning and achievement.
Our role in school is to ensure that children are able to manage times of change and stress, and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what affects their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and where they can go if they need help and support.
As a school all the work we do to promote positive mental health both promotes and supports our school values – Resilience, Responsibility, Reflection and Respect.
Click here to read more in our Wellbeing policy.
Are you a parent or member of the community and would like to get more involved with supporting the wellbeing of our school? If so then please contact Sarah Snell, our Designated Lead for Mental Health, to express your interest and the skills and qualities you could offer at Woodmansterne Primary School - email@example.com