‘Inspirational’ school wins award for its mental health and wellbeing programme

‘Inspirational’ school wins award for its mental health and wellbeing programme

by Henry James (November 2021)

A SCHOOL in Ormskirk has won an award for its mental health and wellbeing programme for students.

St Bede’s Catholic High School won the Mental Health & Wellbeing Award was honoured at the Educate Awards on Friday, November 19 fighting off stiff competition from other schools and colleges from across the North West.

Judges applauded the school’s ability to deliver a ‘wraparound’ mental health and wellbeing programme for students, which consists of its whole school ethos, year group focus, group interventions and individual therapies.

The school has introduced an innovative percussion therapy to support children with anxieties, mental health worries or trauma induced conditions.

It has developed a bespoke package for young people which centres on a tapping process while the students listen to subliminal positive messages.

The impact has been “astounding” and students have benefited greatly from this approach.

Alongside this, a focus group known as ‘Make Talk Your Goal’ programme has encouraged students to talk more with their peers and people that can help.

This in-house programme is now being shared with schools nationwide.

In addition to this exceptional achievement, PE teacher, Jen Longson came runner up in the Teacher of the Year category.

The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, took place at the Liverpool Cathedral.

This year was particularly special as the event celebrated its 10 year anniversary and more than 550 guests brought glitz and glamour to proceedings as they donned tuxedos and glamorous dresses.

The night included live entertainment, a sumptuous three course dinner and the awards ceremony itself.

Broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross hosted the evening and even made one lucky guest’s night after they won a pair of diamond earrings in a prize draw.

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