George Salter Academy awarded prestigious Charter Mark Award

Staff and students at George Salter Ormiston Academy are celebrating after being awarded a prestigious national award.

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The Sandwell Well-being Charter Mark, which has been co-developed by Inclusion Support and Sandwell Council’s Public Health Department, is a framework for improving mental health of students, staff and parents.

George Salter Academy, which is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) has been recognised for creating a safe and secure environment, a curriculum that develops resilience and encourages good mental health and wellbeing, for working with parents and carers, providing support for students with their social, emotional and mental health and for supporting staff with their personal wellbeing.

Educational Psychologist, Dr Colete Soan and her team of research psychologists, have been working with the academy for the last 12 months, interviewing staff, parents and students and setting actions for the academies Charter Mark Team – made up of Tina Dale, Cara Bradley and Cherelle Moore - to fulfil.

The award was presented to the school by Sarah Farmer, public health commissioner for Sandwell, at a special assembly on Wednesday 18th July. The assembly was attended by parents, students and staff involved with the Charter Mark programme.

Adrian Price, Principal at George Salter Academy, said:

"At a time when we are welcoming more and more students to our academy, it is wonderful to receive a such a prestigious award, which recognises how much work goes into caring for our students and their wellbeing. GSA is a school with a big heart and this award is right to recognise just how much we care for all our members of the community".

Cherelle Moore, Inclusion Manager at George Salter Academy, said:

"Mental health is an important topic that is discussed nationally, and we are proud to say we do not just discuss it here at GSA, but we actively work on a day to day basis to support our students, parents and staff.  We are so proud to receive the award as it recognises the culture and ethos we have created promoting good mental health and wellbeing".