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St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School secures Wellbeing Award

by Jonathan Kearney

St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton is the latest school to achieve the Wellbeing Award – demonstrating that emotional wellbeing and mental health is embedded into every day school life.

Despite the challenges that COVID19 has presented, the school has still successfully worked through and completed the framework developed by the National Children’s Bureau to be awarded the Wellbeing Award.

Governors, leaders and staff at the school all strive for pupils to achieve their full potential and recognise that this can’t be achieved if there isn’t also a focus on a pupil’s wellbeing.

The school has systems in place to support the ‘whole child’ – something that has proved to be vitally important during the pandemic.

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.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I’m delighted that St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School has achieved the prestigious Wellbeing Award and national recognition of how emotional wellbeing and mental health is central to a pupil’s development. It is clear to see that pupils are at the centre of everything the school does, ensuring they are supported to achieve their full potential. Well done to everyone involved.”