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Stewards and Longwood students to be recognised at Wellbeing awards

Education: Secondary / Tue 11th Oct 2016 at 02:44pm

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Stew Well 1ON World Mental Health Day (10th October) two Harlow schools are being recognised for their commitment to children and young people’s mental health. Longwood Primary Academy and Stewards Academy will both be represented by finalists at the Wellbeing in Schools Awards, organised by children’s mental health charity Place2Be and supported by The Garfield Weston Foundation.

Schools working with Place2Be were invited to nominate inspiring ambassadors who have shown a remarkable commitment to championing children and young people’s mental health.

Stewards Academy has been recognised for its efforts to remove the stigma that can often be associated with mental health. The school is extremely proactive in working with agencies to support pupils, and has worked with Place2Be for almost eight years, the longest-standing secondary school partner.

Longwood Primary Academy has been nominated for its work to ensure mental health has the highest, positive profile. By championing emotional resilience and researching ways of developing positive mental health, the school is developing a happy, thriving community.

Former Longwood pupil Cerys Kenny, age 11, is a finalist in the ‘Child Champion’ category. In Year 6, she developed a unique workbook approach to help fellow pupils to overcome anger and to explore their feelings around issues upsetting them.

The finalists from both schools will attend a prestigious awards ceremony at Mansion House in London on 22 November, where the winners will be announced.

Rhonda Murthar, Head Teacher at Stewards Academy said:

“Place2Be provides specialist support in Stewards to help young people deal with a variety of issues that may impact on their well-being. This organisation complements the outstanding pastoral care we offer to ensure students can achieve their very best and are able to become confident and self-assured members of society. We are delighted to have been nominated for the prestigious Place2Be Schools Award.”

James Hollinsley, Head Teacher at Longwood Primary Academy said:

“The wellbeing of pupils is paramount at Longwood Primary Academy, so we are ecstatic that all the concerted efforts of the school have been recognised. Making sure that all our pupils feel happy and secure in the school is a top priority.

“We’re incredibly proud of Cerys – the innovative idea that she had to help other children think about and explore their feelings will really have a lasting impact on the school and its pupils.”
Cerys Kenny, age 11, finalist in the child champion category said:

“There are no words to explain how it feels to be a finalist. I’m still shocked! It’s amazing!”

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