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School Mental Health Award – Gold Status

Oaks Park has been awarded the prestigious ‘School Mental Health Award – Gold Status’ by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. This award is in recognition of  the outstanding work done over the past year to place mental health at the heart of  what we do as a school.

Established by Leeds Beckett University and social enterprise Minds Ahead, the mental health quality kitemark recognises schools that promote the wellbeing of pupils and staff. The award ensures schools are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines. 

Since embarking on the journey to achieve this award, Oaks Park has undertaken a strategic approach to develop its mental health provision. The school has been able to raise its awareness of mental health and how to best support both students and staff. The award has provided the framework to improve policy and ensure that staff receive professional development in order to equip them with the skills and knowledge to support themselves and students. Students at the school are more confident in describing their feelings and are fully aware of where they can access support. 

This award is a milestone on our journey. As a school we are highly ambitious and always looking to the future. We will be building on these excellent foundations to measure the impact of the work done so far and to plan the next stage of development for our mental health provision, to ensure  that all stakeholders are given the very best opportunities. Furthermore we will be looking to publish case studies for the benefit of those beyond our school community.

We have developed a fantastic culture around mental health issues. This has been delivered by an excellent staff team who are committed to fulfilling the school ethos of “learning together, achieving together”. The school takes great pride in its pastoral care, promoting and raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing with all of the school’s community. 

Headteacher Joanne Hamill said ‘This award is testimony to the importance that we have placed upon this issue and the dedication and hard work that has been deservedly recognised.A special thanks must go to Mrs Flack (Deputy Headteacher - Personal Development and Welfare) who has coordinated our strategic plan and relentlessly pursued our ambition to deliver the highest standards of awareness and care for mental health throughout or community.’