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.
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.
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;
The Change Team
As a first step towards promoting Wellbeing to the whole school community, a 'Change Team' was appointed. Not only are they responsible for coordinating the process of achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools, but key to integrating a collaborative whole-school approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health. What makes the 'Change Team' so special, is that the group is made up of both staff, pupils and parents. With this the team can address a range of areas within the whole school community, plus the shared wisdom of this group will be a key source of insight into the best ways forward.
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.
The links below are provided to support you and signpost you to relevant resources that you may find helpful;