Humphrey Perkins Scoops Pioneering Mental Health Award

Humphrey Perkins Scoops Pioneering Mental Health Award

Humphrey Perkins was awarded a Silver standard by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for its outstanding mental health and wellbeing provision.

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September 12, 2019

Humphrey Perkins provides a wide range of activities to boost the wellbeing of pupils and staff, including a red heart listening scheme for students, extensive student leadership opportunities – such as the opportunity to become an Anti-Bullying Ambassador - and two annual Staff Wellbeing Weeks.  The school has also worked proactively with the local community and external agencies such as the NHS to provide specialist support for its staff and students.

The Associate Principal at Humphrey Perkins, Della Bartram said: “I am extremely proud of our staff and students who have worked tirelessly to secure the Silver Award.  Supporting the mental health of our staff and students is extremely important to us and we are delighted that our hard work has been recognised.”

The award was established in 2017 by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools – part of Leeds Beckett University – and social enterprise Minds Ahead.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools aims to strengthen pupils’ mental health by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education system, improving students’ outcomes and life chances.

Professor Damien Page, Dean of Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Education, said: “Achieving this award is not just recognition of a whole-school approach to mental health, it’s a recognition of the school’s commitment to improving the life chances of children.

“We’re truly proud to have worked with Humphrey Perkins in this vital work and look forward to further collaboration.”

Nationally, more than 600 schools have signed up to take part in the mental health award.

Dean Johnstone, founder and CEO of Minds Ahead said: “This award shines a light on the excellent work schools are doing to promote mental health for their community of children and adults.

“It is thrilling and humbling to learn about Humphrey Perkins and the many other schools engaged in the quality award process. I’d like to offer my congratulations on this deserved recognition.”

Humphrey Perkins is part of the Lionheart Academies Trust, a Multi-academies Trust founded in 2014 in order to establish a foundation for the improvement and enhancement of educational provision in the East Midlands. The Trust is committed to supporting young people to open doors to their futures and to feel confident that they can thrive in an ever changing world.