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Wellbeing Award for Schools


Our Wellbeing Vision Statement

At The Ladies’ College we:

Commit to promoting positive wellbeing throughout our College community.

Understand the importance of wellbeing and the role it plays in creating an environment where all are healthy, happy and achieve their best.

Listensupport and respond to the views of our community and provide opportunities to equip all with the tools needed to maintain a positive wellbeing.


This year, The Ladies’ College is undertaking the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS). 

WAS LogoThe Award was set up in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) to assist schools in promoting the emotional wellbeing and positive mental health of staff and pupils. The NCB advocates a whole school approach and seeks to support schools in embedding a culture of good emotional wellbeing and mental health across the whole school community. Through the use of an action plan, the award will allow us to build on what we already do and offer additional opportunities to support and promote positive mental health and wellbeing.


Principles behind the award

There are four key principles driving the ideas and recommendations behind the award:

  1. Emotional wellbeing and mental health are a continuum. Related issues can range from positive attitudes and behaviour, through to experiences of emotional distress and mental disorder.
  2. Schools already experience and manage emotional issues on a daily basis; the objective is to minimise the impact of such issues and maximise the effectiveness of any responses.
  3. Emotional wellbeing covers a range of dimensions, such as resilience, character building, relationships and self-esteem, etc. Understanding both developmental and mental health awareness is critical.
  4. Creating a positive school culture requires a whole-school approach that is led from the top while involving all in the school community.

Embarking on the award process does not imply that College is failing in this area, but rather that we are recognising the needs and demands of our school are changing and we remain committed to responding to these. Much of this change will be apparent in the issues that most schools face on a daily basis.


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The Well-Being Award for Schools (WAS) has eight objectives which focus on areas of evaluation, development and celebration of the work of schools in promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and positive mental health. Each of these areas is further broken down into Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

Objective 1: The school is committed to promoting and protecting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health by achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

Objective 2: The school has a clear vision and strategy for promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health, which is communicated to all involved with the school.

Objective 3: The school has a positive culture which regards the emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all.

Objective 4: The school actively promotes staff emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Objective 5: The school prioritises professional learning and staff development on emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Objective 6: The school understands the different types of emotional and mental health needs across the whole-school community and has systems in place to respond appropriately.

Objective 7: The school actively seeks the ongoing participation of the whole-school community in its approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Objective 8: The school works in partnerships with other schools, agencies and available specialist services to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.


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One theme that is central to the award is the need for schools to draw the wider community and relevant stakeholders into the centre of the change process. Parents are one such group. Evidence shows that, for parents, the emotional and mental health needs of their children is of increasing concern, and often parents look to the school to support and inform them. Students also need to be given the opportunity to express their own voice and this can be an influential source of good ideas for any school looking for innovative and appropriate solutions.


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We are sharing daily well-being posts to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram since our COVID-19 Lockdown.

Website news during COVID-19:

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Fa Chevron Right 18  Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 - 'Kindness'
Fa Chevron Right 18  Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 - 'Be kind to yourself'
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Pastoral care at College: /information/pastoral-care

Parent, student and staff events

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Fa File Pdf O 18 Initial information to Parents - October 2019  (pdf)
Fa File Pdf O 18 Wellbeing Award Survey Letter - October 2019 (pdf)
Fa File Pdf O 18 Wellbeing Invitation - November 2019 (pdf)
Fa File Pdf O 18 Wellbeing Award update Michaelmas 2019 (pdf)
Fa File Pdf O 18 Wellbeing letter September 2020 (pdf)


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More about the WAS award:  External Link 693569 18

Local and national support for students, parents and staff: /information/pastoral-care/external-agencies

Fa File Pdf O 18 Recognising the Warning Signs of Emotional Distress (pdf)
Fa File Pdf O 18 Dr Aric Sigman Parents Lecture, Wednesday 18 April (pdf)

Local CAMHS Guernsey YouTube presentations QR Code:

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