Posted on Oct 27 2023 by Fiona Bailey
Both schools were praised for their commitment to improving the wellbeing and mental health of its students.
Tina Lagdon, Headteacher of Waynflete Infants’ School in Brackley, said: “We have created an outstanding learning environment that is exciting, challenging, safe and happy. We want to unlock the potential of every child to help them to achieve both in their learning and as they grow into young citizens.”
The Prince William School, part of the East Midlands Academy Trust (EMAT), also achieved the prestigious LightBulb award, following a thorough assessment process. The LightBulb team praised the school's safe space for pupils struggling with anxiety, entitled The Hub and the 'Time-Out Cards' which allow students a brief respite to regather and refocus.
Another initiative rolled out by the school included Pupil Passports, which are concise one-page profiles detailing a student’s areas of need and recommended strategies which are used to support them both in and outside of the classroom.
The school was also praised for its counselling service, staff training, family engagement work and staff wellbeing sessions and activities.
Headteacher Elizabeth Dormor said: “Mental health and wellbeing has never been more important and, as a school, providing that support to both our students and our staff is a key priority.
“I’m delighted that our commitment to positive mental health has been recognised with this certificate of excellence and we can now continue to develop and improve the services available to our young people.”
Prince William School is the fourth school within EMAT to receive the LightBulb award for mental health provision.
Cheryl Smith, LightBulb Founder and Headteacher of the St Andrew’s Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) College, said: “There can be many different reasons as to why a child can start to develop poor mental health. Poverty, parental separation or financial crisis have previously been identified as factors which can impact young people. In recent years, we’ve battled the pandemic and lockdown, but now we’re facing the cost of living crisis which can be equally worrying for children.
“Sometimes there may not even be a contributing factor, but what is vital is that adults who are responsible for that child are able to spot the signs early and take appropriate action.
“We firmly believe that prevention is power, which is why we launched LightBulb as we want to help young people better understand the way their mind works, so they can reach out and ask for help when they need it. Well done to everyone at Prince William School for their commitment to good mental health.”