Saint Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in New Mills is delighted to have successfully achieved a GOLD in its school Mental Health Award with Leeds Beckett University.

The school holds mental health in the highest regard and the staff and pupils have worked tirelessly in ensuring that the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils and staff is woven into the fabric of everything they do.

For the past 12 months, their Mental Health Ambassador has been gathering evidence for the award focused around eight Key competency areas: leadership and strategy; organisational structure and culture for staff; organisational structure and culture for pupils; support for staff; professional development and learning; support for pupils; working with parents and carers; working with external services and the school was delighted to be graded ‘excelling’ in all areas.

In final validation the assessor commented that ‘Saint Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy has presented a wide-ranging profile of evidence that demonstrates they are excelling across all eight competencies of the School Mental Health Award, with strong practice well developed throughout the school’

This award could not have been achieved without the drive and focus of all staff and pupils, in ensuring that the school is a happy, healthy and inspiring place to learn.

Jo Mallabar, Saint Mary’s