Primary academies in Oldham recognised for wellbeing

Coppice and Roundthorn Primary Academies receive Wellbeing Award for Schools

Two popular and well-respected primary schools in Oldham have been awarded with the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) for 2019 to 2022 following their commitment to promoting emotional wellbeing.

The award was presented to Coppice and Roundthorn Primary Academies by Optimus Education after they completed an evidence-based framework that drives a change in long-term culture and puts both pupil and staff mental health at the heart of school life.

By completing this framework, each school focused on reducing the stigma around mental health; improving pupil behaviour and wellbeing; enhancing staff wellbeing and morale; and developing parental wellbeing.

This work has seen a number of long-term initiatives be implemented at the schools including tailored one-to-one sessions with pupils, emotional literacy support assistant sessions, play therapy and detailed staff training courses.

Head of Coppice Academy, Andrew Hulmes led the award and said: “Over the past year we have been working hard to ensure that mental health and wellbeing became instilled in our schools’ culture and curriculums, making our schools a happy place for all our pupils and staff and communities.”

Executive Principal, John Taylor said: “For both schools it is great to see how they can work together to share best practice and help each other thrive, developing our children into the best they can possibly be.”

Both schools operate as part of Focus Trust – a charitable multi-academy trust which is based in the North West of England with a vision of providing an engaging and challenging learning environment where the children are happy.