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School praised for commitment to student wellbeing

Published on 10/07/18

The Hewett Academy has received an award for the mental health and wellbeing support it gives to students, from an organisation founded by people who have experience of dealing with mental illness.

The school has been accredited by AcSEED, an initiative that promotes wellbeing in schools, after demonstrating the wide range of help available to students throughout the school.

The AcSEED team were particularly impressed with the school’s communication with students and parents, initiatives such as wellbeing events and new student induction programmes, and ongoing training for staff.

The school has assistant heads of house who take particular responsibility for students’ emotional health, as well as a dedicated governor for student wellbeing and safeguarding.

The AcSEED Initiative was founded by young people with direct experience of mental illness, with the aim of promoting the importance of the school environment in children’s emotional development.

Presenting the Hewett Academy with its award, the accreditation committee said: "We are delighted that you have achieved AcSEED accreditation.

"This award recognises that you are well equipped to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of your students."

Principal Rebecca Handley-Kirk said: “This award is a credit to our hardworking staff who are dedicated to giving students the best pastoral care.

“We would encourage any student who feels stressed or anxious to speak to their form tutor or a member of our pastoral team who can help them get the support they need.”