MALVERN St James Girls’ School has been awarded a gold standard for its outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision.
The school, handed the accolade by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence, provides a wide range of activities to boost the wellbeing of pupils and staff, including offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training to a cross section of staff and the sixth form.
It also has a Wellbeing Champion and Wellbeing Ambassador peer support structure for staff and pupils, mindfulness, mental health and wellbeing lessons taught through Personal, Social, Health, Economic and Citizenship Education.
That is taught using social media platforms to signpost support and information via @msjbuzz on Instagram and Twitter.
Using the Girls on Board Scheme, pupils are taught how to engage in healthy, happy friendships.
Once developed, these relationship skills will have lifelong relevance.
A focal point of the school’s mental health and wellbeing provision is to ensure every girl feels known and valued at Malvern St James.
The school recognises young people who feel a secure sense of belonging are in a position to get the very best out of their learning experience and so everything the school does is underpinned by wellbeing.
The school also ran a Virtual Festival of Wellbeing, hosting talks from speakers such as Steve Backshall, Helen Glover and Natasha Devon MBE.
They have further initiated the Three Counties Wellbeing Collective in order to share best practice with pastoral leads from local schools and were
proud to have their Pastoral Prefect produce a book for young people to learn about Mental Health issues as part of their EPQ.
Malvern St James Girls’ School’s headmistress Olivera Raraty said: “I am extremely proud and delighted that MSJ’s outstanding pastoral provision in support of positive mental health has been recognised in this way.
“Mental health programmes have come such a long way in schools in recent years and we are delighted to be at the forefront of this change working with the Carnegie Centre of Excellence.
“This award also recognises the excellent way that staff and pupils support each other day in, day out, to promote wellbeing.”
Olivera Raraty, Headmistress, added: “The wellbeing of our pupils and staff is at the forefront of everything that we do.”