Wellbeing Award for Schools
At Woden Primary School, we value the health and wellbeing of all our pupils, staff and parents and carers. We are very excited to announce that we have been awarded the Well-being Award for Schools, administered by Award Place, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau. This is the second time we have achieved this award and it is valid for another 3 years. This award demonstrates how wellbeing and mental health in our pupils, staff and parents is at the forefront of our school’s vision of leading a mentally healthy school.
We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
With this award, we demonstrated our commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of everyday school life.
- Improving the emotional well-being 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.
We are so proud to share some of the comments that the advisor said about us at Woden Primary School.
‘’The school has worked hard since Final Verification in 2019 to not only address the areas identified for improvement in that Report, but to commit itself to ensuring that Woden has gone from strength to strength and, as a result, is leading the way in the field of mental health and wellbeing. It was made patently obvious to me that this is a school which is clearly committed to ensuring that the emotional wellbeing of all stakeholders remains central to its ethos and best practice and it is to be congratulated for the progress it has continued to make in this area.’’
‘’Although there are large class sizes at the school, the behaviour I witnessed throughout my visit was exemplary and the calm and peaceful ambiance of the school is clearly having an extremely positive impact on the wellbeing of staff and pupils alike. All in all, Woden Primary School is to be commended for everything it does to make its staff, pupils and parents feel cared for, supported and valued’’
‘’The children I met were absolutely delightful and very eager to answer my questions. They were confident and excited to be asked about the wellbeing at the school and, when asked specifically about what they understand by mental health, one girl told me that ‘We need to think about what makes us happy and healthy on the inside as well as the outside.’ Another boy added to this, telling me that ‘Being creative and sporty helps me with my mental health’. When asked, the children were able to tell me what they would do if they came to school feeling sad or anxious, saying that they would ‘Tell an adult or write a note in the worry box’.’’
‘’The main strength identified during reassessment is the school’s absolute determination to continue to put the emotional wellbeing and mental health of its staff and pupils at the very heart of its best practice. Woden is a school which really recognises the importance of positive wellbeing and is committed to ensuring that it continues to signpost stakeholders to timely support and guidance as and when necessary. It was clear to me during my time at the school that Woden is determined to become a centre of excellence in the field of emotional wellbeing and mental health and as such recognises the importance of carrying out regular reviews and evaluations of its best practice’’