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Haverhill school becomes the 100th nationwide to receive The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award




A Haverhill school’s commitment to supporting mental health issues has been recognised by a prestigious award.

Castle Manor Academy has been presented with The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award – making it the 100th across the country to be recognised in this way.

The school has adopted new measures aimed at supporting staff and students including having a student ambassador for mental health, specialist staff training and placing a greater importance on wellbeing within the curriculum.

Castle Manor Academy has been awarded the The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award. From left: Victoria Horne (assistant headteacher), students Arwen Kiddy, George O’Reilly, Alexis Wickers, Ethan Dobell, Mia Cornelius and Vanessa Whitcombe (headteacher). Picture by Gooderham PR.
Castle Manor Academy has been awarded the The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award. From left: Victoria Horne (assistant headteacher), students Arwen Kiddy, George O’Reilly, Alexis Wickers, Ethan Dobell, Mia Cornelius and Vanessa Whitcombe (headteacher). Picture by Gooderham PR.

Victoria Horne, assistant headteacher at the school, said: “The award recognises the importance we place around emotional wellbeing and how we are further enhancing the support we can offer.

“At Castle Manor, we believe in the whole child - and helping to create a happy individual going into adult life - rather than a narrow view of just educating them.

“We are talking more and more about mental health and wellbeing in society and we are delighted that our efforts have been recognised in this way.”

Year 11 student Mia Cornelius, the school’s first ever ambassador for mental health, said: “I have had my own issues in the past so I can use them to support students across the school.

“I want to make sure students know they can get help and support.”

Established by Leeds Beckett University and social enterprise Minds Ahead, the mental health quality Kitemark recognises schools that ensure the wellbeing of pupils and staff.


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