Langley School are extremely proud to have received the Wellbeing Award for Schools from Optimus Education. The award reflects the commitment of our school community and going above and beyond to ensure that wellbeing is at the top of all our agendas.
This award has been developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau and focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils. The award has a focus on changing the long-term culture of a school and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Our Headmaster, Dominic Findlay proudly expressed “I am delighted we have been successful in achieving the Wellbeing award. We face daily challenges, stresses and much more but these are made easier knowing that we can provide the right support for our pupils and staff.”
We passionately believe in promoting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health for our whole Langley school community and are proud of our diverse and inclusive environment. We recognise the importance of good mental health as this not only impacts on our day to day quality of life, but also our ability to learn and thrive.
Our school is committed to prioritising wellbeing through excellent pastoral care, a proactive approach towards promoting resilience, openly communicating about wellbeing issues and providing support where needed. This, along with our extensive extra curricular enrichment programme, Pupil Council, Pastoral Committee, our excellent Sixth Form provision, Welfare Matters newsletter, recognising Mental Health Days, staff trained as Mental Health First Aiders, Medical Centre, Time to Talk service, Learning Support department and on-site Physio, to name a few, all help our pupils to develop self-confidence and resilience.
We place great emphasis on Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health and ensure that it is integrated into the curriculum, pupils are supported to use Growth mind-set and resilience strategies. Combining academic and wellbeing needs is also shown by the EAL department which provides personalised support. The report also highlighted that “the impact of the school’s ongoing work around wellbeing was evident from discussions with parents and pupils. One pupil explained how the school provided ‘a haven of consistency, normality and familiarity’ and had supported her to achieve her goals ‘I can’t even begin to say how good they’ve been to me’. A parent said, ‘I feel completely safe when my daughter is here’ and recognised how staff had gone the extra mile in supporting their family.”
For further details about the award, see www.awardplace.co.uk/award/was