National Church of England Academy has been awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools in recognition of their push to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.
The academy has worked hard to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing by embedding a supportive culture into day-to-day life. Students and staff have access to an onsite counsellor four days a week, trained peer mentors and a range of information on resilience and mental health.
There is a particular emphasis on vulnerable students including year six pupils coming up to start their secondary education and year 13 students preparing to leave the academy.
Assistant Principal Mr Llewellyn said: “Mental health and safeguarding is central to all that we do here at the academy, and staff work hard to make sure that all the needs of students are met. The award is testament to the trust that the students have in our staff and in turn the care that our staff have for our students. ”
The academy was assessed by an external inspector from the awarding body who spoke to all stakeholders including parents, senior and middle leaders, teaching staff and, of course, students. Optimus Education recognised the commitment of the whole academy to putting mental health and wellbeing at the heart of everything they do and ensuring partnerships with other support networks are in place to support all needs.