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Wellbeing at St Mary's

“Come to me, all you who are weary, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

The Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS)

There has been a big push towards wellbeing by the government in the past year, along with growing evidence to show that education and health are closely linked.  Promoting the health and wellbeing of pupils within schools has the potential to improve their educational, health and wellbeing outcomes.   I’m therefore excited to announce that St Mary’s C of E Primary School recognise its importance and are working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.


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.

Vision Statement

At St Mary’s, we are passionate about creating a culture of resilience, positive wellbeing and mental health and are committed to working together with pupils, staff and parents to help build a healthy, calm and happy school.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to create an environment that promotes emotional wellbeing and allows everyone to dream, believe achieve and flourish in our school community.

What are we currently doing?

We are well on our way to improving the long term mental health and wellbeing of our pupils, staff and parents. Below you will find a list of some of the things we have introduced;


  • Weekly yoga classes for pupils in EYFS and KS1 until Christmas  as well as a yoga workshop for all year groups
  • “Feelings Charts” in our classrooms to encourage pupils to express their emotions
  • On a monthly basis, a wellbeing report is included in the school newsletter
  • Mindful meditation in the classroom
  • Whole school worships to raise awareness of issues that may impact our pupils mental health or wellbeing, and how they can address them.
  • Wellbeing Board for staff which allows colleagues to express gratitude for one another and find useful resources
  • Children have enjoyed taking part in our daily skip challenges with their classmates and teachers.
  • We have dressed up and taken part in a children's mental health day at school  .


Our future plans

For St Mary’s, the Wellbeing Award for Schools is a long term commitment to ensure the continuous wellbeing of our pupils, parents and staff. Over the coming months, we will strive towards achieving this award and will ensure that mental health and wellbeing becomes an integral part of daily life at St Mary’s.

We will ensure to keep you informed of our progress on this webpage and via the monthly newsletters.


Useful links

The links below are provided to support you and signpost you to relevant resources that you may find helpful;