The Ladies’ College, Melrose are thrilled to announce that they have gained the ‘Wellbeing Award for Schools'. They are the first school in the Channel Islands to receive this award.
The award process took 12-15 months and focussed on detailed self-evaluations on what the school was already doing well for the wellbeing of staff and pupils and how this area could be enhanced and improved. Parents, pupils and staff were all involved in recognising strengths, some of which included the underpinning of our strong Melrose Growth Mindset ethos, use of mindfulness through the school week, outdoor learning, self-esteem workshops and the Brilliant Schools positive thinking programme.
The process, led by Lian Donnelly, PSHE & Wellbeing Subject Leader, was a thoroughly rewarding experience and the pathway has led them to make further developments put forward by the pupils themselves, as well as forming the Parent Champions group which involves the parents in supporting pupil wellbeing.
Melrose were delighted to receive a glowing report from the verification leader, which identified areas of strength including ‘the school’s core values encompass the importance of supporting emotional wellbeing on order that pupils can succeed’ and ‘the learning environment is highly effective and pupils are fully engaged in their learning’.
Elaine Ozanne, Head Teacher, was extremely proud of the school’s success, ‘The wellbeing of the girls is at the heart of all we do and to have the good work that is taking place recognised by this award, is very pleasing indeed. Without good wellbeing and a positive mindset, pupils do not learn and make the progress that they should. The staff at Melrose work extremely hard to meet these needs and deserve this recognition.’
The Senior School are now also in the process of gaining the award, which they should complete next year.