Mental Health Gold Award for Wellington College

In recognition of the work done to place mental health at the heart of Wellington College, the school has just been awarded the ‘School Mental Health Award – Gold Status’ by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.

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30th June 2020 — In recognition of the ground-breaking work done over the past year to place mental health at the heart of Wellington College, the school has just been awarded the prestigious ‘School Mental Health Award – Gold Status’ by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.

Students and staff have been given regular platforms to speak about their own mental health journeys, booklets for staff, parents and pupils have been prepared and distributed, and staff and parents receive regular safeguarding and mental health newsletters as well as weekly emails highlighting useful resources. The College has trained over 70 staff in mental health first aid and there have been several events such as house cake sales which have raised money for mental health charities. One pupil even organised a 24-hour danceathon to raise funds and awareness for mental health charities!

Early in February the College held a whole community mental health day where parents, staff and pupils came together to ‘open up a dynamic discussion on mental health and celebrate the opportunity to think about personal wellbeing’. Wellington welcomed 40 speakers and wellbeing practitioners who delivered over 75 talks and workshops over the course of the day on topics spanning a whole spectrum of mental health issues including addiction, eating disorders, depression and resilience.

More recently, surveys have been sent every three weeks to staff and students over the lockdown months enabling help and support to be properly targeted.

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About Wellington College

Wellington College is a school like no other. Where many focus on examination results and view league table position as the main criterion for success, the whole ethos of Wellington is focused on each and every individual who passes through our gates.

If education, in the truest sense of the word, is about bringing the best out of children, then delivering a raft of A and A* grades is not enough, undoubtedly important though examination results are. We aim to inspire and support our pupils so they can become the very best they can be in every single way. By helping them become happy and fully-rounded young men and women examination grades naturally follow, as our outstanding A Level, IB and GCSE results clearly prove.

Our educational philosophy is therefore focused around the traits which we want all Wellingtonians to acquire before taking their place in the adult world.

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