4 July, 2019
Pupils and staff at Ormiston Victory Academy are celebrating after the school was announced as a recipient of the prestigious Wellbeing Award for Schools.
The award is administered by Award Place in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), and recognises the outstanding work provided to promote mental health and wellbeing within schools across England.
Ormiston Victory received the award for its commitment to valuing the happiness and emotional welfare of its pupils. The school was recognised for achieving this vision at all levels by having worked hard over the past year to develop the policies, procedures and support available. This includes teaching pupils, improving role-specific training for staff, working with local support services and improving communication with parents to maintain a core ethos of wellbeing.
The school has introduced a dedicated wellbeing strategy designed to tackle wellbeing issues such as mental health challenges, eating disorders, exam stress and complex emotions, with time dedicated to these in citizenship classes and new workshops. Pupils can now also contribute to a ‘wellbeing box’ to flag any worries they may have about themselves or a friend, whilst new wellbeing and anti-bullying ambassadors have been appointed.
Having gained accreditation for its work through achieving the award, Ormiston Victory will now be able to develop its practices where necessary and ensure that positive wellbeing is rooted in the long-term culture of the school.
Naomi Palmer, Principal at Ormiston Victory Academy, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Our vision is to ensure that all members of our school community can maintain positive emotional wellbeing and mental health so that they are able to live happy and fulfilled lives and achieve the best possible outcomes for themselves.
“We encourage wellbeing through embedding a culture of healthy bodies, healthy minds and acts of kindness for all, which permeates everything we do at Ormiston Victory Academy.”