The Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS)
We believe that improving the mental wellbeing of students in our school will help to improve their resilience and educational outcomes and help them to be better prepared for life after compulsory education. We believe that improving the mental wellbeing of our staff will help them to feel more supported and valued in their work and to be able to better support our students.
For these reasons Aldridge School recognises the importance of the actions which form part of the action plan for achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools and we are excited to be working towards this award.
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 Aldridge School, we aim to develop young people who are Respectful, Responsible, Resilient and Ready to Learn. We want to create a culture of resilience, positive ‘can do’ attitude and good mental health for all students and staff to help build a happy environment in which students can thrive.
Our mission is to create a positive environment which fosters good relationships between students and staff and in which everyone is supported to deal with the pressures of everyday life.
What are we doing?
There are lots of exciting initiatives being put in place to strengthen our Mental Health and Wellbeing provision here at Aldridge School. Some of these involve the training of key staff in Mental Health First Aid in order to support our students more effectively, training Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Champions who will be able to help us develop the support we can offer, a Mental Health awareness Display Board which shares key messages and information about where to find support, and a termly Mental Health and Wellbeing competition, the first of which is just coming to an end. There have been some truly excellent entries and we will make sure we share the details about who the winners are. Finally, we will soon be repeating the Pupil Mental Health Surveys in order to gauge what our students feel about how we support them and what we could do to be even better.