15th March 2021 — Malvern St James Girls' School has achieved the School Mental Health Award, delivered by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.
The school was awarded a Gold standard for its outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision.
Headmistress Olivera Raraty said: "I am extremely proud and delighted that MSJ’s outstanding pastoral provision in support of positive mental health has been recognised in this way.
"Mental health programmes have come such a long way in schools in recent years and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this change working with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence.
"This award also recognises the excellent way that staff and pupils support each other day in, day out, to promote wellbeing."
Malvern St James provides a wide range of activities to boost the wellbeing of pupils and staff, including offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training to a cross section of staff and Sixth Form, Wellbeing Champion and Wellbeing Ambassador peer support structures for staff and pupils, mindfulness, mental health and wellbeing lessons taught through PSHEEC and using social media platforms to signpost support and information via @msjbuzz on Instagram and Twitter.
The award was established in 2017 by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools – part of Leeds Beckett University – and social enterprise Minds Ahead.
Professor Damien Page, Dean of Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Education, said: "Achieving this award is not just recognition of a whole-school approach to mental health, it’s a recognition of the school’s commitment to improving the life chances of children.
"We’re truly proud to have worked with Malvern St James Girls’ School in this vital work and look forward to further collaboration."
Dean Johnstone, founder and CEO of Minds Ahead said: "This award shines a light on the excellent work schools are doing to promote mental health for their community of children and adults.
"It is thrilling and humbling to learn about Malvern St James Girls’ School and the many other schools engaged in the quality award process.
"I’d like to offer my congratulations on this deserved recognition."