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The Well-Being Award


St John XXIII are working towards achieving the Well-Being Award for Schools (WAS). This award has been developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and will help us prepare and equip ourselves to promote emotional well-being and positive mental health across the whole-school community. The award process centres around a whole-school approach, and it provides schools with a benchmark of best practice against which to test itself.


Both NCB and our school share the vision that good emotional well-being and mental health should be at the heart of the culture and ethos of our school, so that pupils, with the support of their teachers, can build confidence and flourish.


The WAS is focussed around 8 core objectives which will ensure that as we work towards achieving this award we can make changes that are both effective and lasting for our entire school community. This is welcome opportunity to recognise the exceptional work that we do already in this area and to identify those areas that we still need to develop.


The award is being led by Mr Bloomfield who is our Mental Health Lead and a “Change Team” that consists of school staff. Throughout the process, Mr Bloomfield and the "Change Team" will be engaging with parents, pupils, governors and the wider parish community to ensure that the award is truly beneficial to the whole school.


The WAS Objectives:

  1. The school is committed to promoting and protecting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  2. The school has a clear vision and strategy for promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  3. The school has a positive culture, which regards the emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all.
  4. The school actively promotes staff emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  5. The school prioritises professional learning and staff development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  6. The school understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the whole-school community and has systems in place to respond appropriately.
  7. The school actively seeks the ongoing participation of the whole-school community in its approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health.
  8. The school works in partnerships with other schools, agencies and available specialist services to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.