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School Mental Health Award launched in Wales!


Oldcastle Primary School is proud to launch the School Mental Health Award in Wales, working with The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health at Leeds Beckett University.  We hope to use the quality mark as a catalyst to start the conversation on how we improve and support positive mental health in our schools.   


As a school we value the opportunity of working together with The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health. We want to start a conversation that will tackle stigma and discrimination that is common with mental ill health and build on the excellent practice of schools to create a culture that enables and is empowering to both learners and staff mental wellbeing.


Data from the Education Support Partnership in partnership with YouGov found that:

"More than three-quarters of teachers surveyed experienced work-related behavioural, psychological or physical symptoms and more than half were considering leaving the profession due to poor health. Senior leaders have been particularly hard hit with 80% suffering from work-related stress, 40% suffering from symptoms of depression and 63% considering leaving the profession”  


We aim to collaborate with other organisations and to develop new projects and initiatives, shape and inform policies, share ideas and knowledge and look for outstanding signpost provision. We aim to do this by championing the Mental Health Quality Award. Schools embracing the Award will demonstrate a deep commitment to working towards excellent practice by making mental health a core part of their business.


Over the next 12 months, Oldcastle Primary School will be collating evidence to demonstrate our commitment to mental health and well being.  We will provide updates as part of our journey to achieve the School Mental Health Award.


If you would like to know more information, please contact mentalhealth@oldcastleprimary.co.uk or call Sara Peters at Oldcastle Primary School on 01656 815790.