Medway School Wins Mental Health Award
Cedar Children’s Academy have won a notable Mental Health Award for their admirable efforts to maintain wellbeing throughout their school.
The school is very proud to have been one of only three schools in Medway to be awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools. The award recognises the efforts of the school to provide an outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision for all of its children and staff.
As we all know, 2020 had been a challenge and affected so many people, young and old, in so many ways. Maintaining a healthy mind and body during unprecedented changes to the “norm” have been driven from within Cedar, demonstrating that the health and wellbeing of their children and staff is given full focus.
Wellbeing is so important in improving life chances which is at the core of all schools in our Trust, and we are very proud of Cedar’s achievement. The report went on to say “It is clear that the school has embedded good practice across the whole school…” and “…and ensure there is consistency and impact.”
The report showed that the school are embedding the eight competencies of the School Mental Health Award which include support for staff and pupils; professional development and learning and working with parents, carers and external agencies.
Kirstie Jones, Headteacher at the school, said: “Children aren’t that different from adults – we know that you can’t perform at your best if your mental health isn’t in a good place. So across the school, we stress the importance to children that they can know that it’s OK to not be OK.
“We are really open, supportive and inclusive, and our staff are committed to creating and maintaining that culture. Our children know that there is always someone who will listen to them, who is there for them and who can help them.
“It’s an honour to receive the Mental Health Award and highlights our continual efforts to provide a balanced environment of learning for our children and staff while protecting their mental health.”
Stuart Gardner, TSAT CEO added: “I am so proud of the team at Cedar Children’s Academy, it’s great to see their commitment to children’s mental health recognised with this fantastic award.
“Mental health is so important, never more so than during a global pandemic with lockdowns in place. This award and all the work that has gone into achieving it marks a great foundation for Cedar, and our Trust, to continue to build on and create a future where mental health continues to be treated with the importance it deserves, as Kirstie said; ‘it’s okay to not be okay’.”
You can take a look at the entire report to see how the school has been putting their knowledge into practice along with how the trust has been supporting the wellbeing of the staff across all schools.