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Wellbeing Award for Schools

Chloe Witherden / Categories: General

Wellbeing Award for Schools

We are proud to announce that Castle View Academy has won the prestigious Wellbeing Award for Schools, which is a national award that shows the school's commitment to ensuring our students and staff are making wellbeing and mental health a priority.

 

We started the journey to attain this award in 2019. Since then, we have been working hard to improve our approach to mental health throughout the school by raising awareness around the issues that come with mental health and well-being, reducing the stigma held in the community around mental health and well-being, learning how much impact a poor mindset can have on focus, attention and learning, giving staff the confidence to spot low mood/poor mental health and making sure students and staff knew the pathways to go down to get any help needed.

 

Throughout the pandemic and online teaching, we worked hard to continue our mental health provisions through daily tutor meetings, daily phone calls, Teams meetings, all with a focus on mental health. Our weekly round-up was also used as a platform to spotlight different mental health support for students and staff.

 

The spotlight on mental health has continued with the return of in-person teaching this past academic year, through the creation of a brand new staff room, outdoor activities for students to use during break times such as Fussball and safe spaces for students. Alongside this, external agencies have returned to the school to work with students such as ELSA with mindfulness and art therapy sessions.

 

We have received wonderful feedback about our new initiatives with a student stating, "Tutor times and assemblies have been instrumental in showing all of us the many pathways for support that are available". Alongside this, our Student Mental Health Ambassadors have been working hard to facilitate a space for students to talk about 

mental health through mental health talking sessions during break times.

 

We have made an impact across the school which enables students to be more aware of their mental state and know who they can speak to in order to get support, as well as, increasing confidence in students to talk about their problems because of the stigma around mental health has lessened over the last two years.

 

We look forward to moving forward as an academy with this award and increasing our student's and staff's well-being.

 

Link to Portsmouth News article: National recognition for ‘caring’ city school as Portsmouth secondary Castle View presented with wellbeing award | The News


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