London Academy win Place2Be Wellbeing in School Award.

Last week London Academy won the ‘School Community Secondary Award’ at the Place2Be Wellbeing Awards.

The Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards are a special way to recognise the breadth and depth of excellence in the delivery of mental health and wellbeing support in schools that work or train with Place2Be and The Art Room.  On the 25th March Place2Be welcomed the finalists, supporters and judges to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the Awards ceremony. Catherine Roche, Chief Executive of Place2Be, commented: “You are terrific role models and ambassadors who are making a lasting difference to the mental health and wellbeing of so many others. You are supporting families in developing the confidence, constancy and strategies that are needed to shape the next generation; and helping our children and young people develop the resilience and life skills which will enable them to lead fulfilling, productive adulthoods.”

London Academy were judged on a number of criteria but fundamentally the ability to show an ethos that regards wellbeing and the mental health of the children and young people as “everyone’s business” in the school was fundamental.

London Academy has a long-standing working relationship with Place2Be and an extensive range of support methods for students and young people including, a dedicated counsellor on-site once a week; Place2Talk, a lunchtime service providing a quiet place to talk and play during the busy school day and has a permanent presence at London Academy; and Strength in Horses, which provides some students the opportunity to explore their emotional issues with a unique equine setting.

London Academy excelled in demonstrating a whole school mind-set, by ensuring the staff had a range of training opportunities such as the recent ‘Mental Health Champions’ programme.  This programme built expertise whilst providing participants with practical tools to improve their work with children, young people and families.

Alex Warburton, Principal commented, “London Academy delivers a wide range of initiatives to help and support our students and staff which is incredibly important. This though is born out of a deep-rooted drive to ensure everyone in our community is understood and, when necessary, helped through the wide range of support mechanisms available. London Academy is a nurturing environment. Ensuring that any child or young person finds it easier to find someone to talk to is paramount to me. The most important message I would give to any child – just talk to someone.”

“I would like to congratulate all the nominees for all their inspiring hard work, and I would like to thank everyone at London Academy who works so hard to provide the very best working environment for all our students and staff.”