Alt Bridge School in Huyton has been awarded the prestigious Wellbeing Award.
Over the last year, the school has worked its way through a specially designed framework focussing on emotional wellbeing and mental health, developed by the National Children’s Bureau and delivered by Optimus Education.
The Wellbeing Award is a nationally recognised programme and supported by charities such as the Anna Freud Centre, Young Minds, Heads Together and the Time to Change mental health campaign.
Alt Bridge School is an outstanding specialist provision school for pupils aged 11 to 19 years, offering a positive learning environment which strives to unlock the academic potential of all learners whilst also directing the support they need to develop personally and socially.
The school has introduced a number of enhancements to support the wellbeing of pupils, resulting confirmation that the school has a ‘Whole School approach to Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health’.
The profile of mental health and wellbeing has been raised throughout the school, along with the introduction of a new wellbeing team and wellbeing hub for therapeutic interventions. These include music therapy, drama therapy, pet therapy and horse-riding and additional learning mentors are also delivering bespoke programmes to support the wellbeing agenda.
The school has worked with parents and pupils to implement a range of new initiatives and provisions to strengthen the wellbeing offer to students. The support available to families has also expanded significantly.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “This is a fantastic achievement for Alt Bridge School, particularly as looking after our mental health is vitally important in these challenging times. It’s a great example of what can be achieved with everyone (school, governors, parents and pupils) working together. Alt Bridge School has demonstrated that they have effective practices and provision in place to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both staff and pupils, with mental health embedded as everyone’s responsibility. Well done!”
To secure the Wellbeing Award, the school demonstrated their commitment to:
- Promoting mental health as part of every day school life.
- Improving the emotional wellbeing of their staff and pupils.
- Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and providing appropriate support.
- Offering support that matches the needs of pupils and staff.
- Raising awareness of how important mental health is.
- Asking parents, pupils and teachers for their opinions on mental health issues.