Wild Bank celebrates first AcSEED award in Tameside

WILD Bank Community School has become the only primary school in Tameside and only the second in Greater Manchester to land the AcSEED award.

It is given to schools that have made a substantial effort to support the mental health and wellbeing of their pupils.

Jenny Callaghan, headteacher of the Stalybridge school, said: “We are delighted to be the first primary school in Tameside to receive the AcSEED award.

“This is an incredible achievement and recognises that the wellbeing of our pupils is important.

“At Wild Bank we have strong and supportive relationships that support emotional wellbeing and we provide a safe and inclusive environment for our children to engage in learning.

“We want to enable our children to succeed academically and emotionally for the challenges they face, not only in the classroom, but in the future.”

Wild Bank starts each day with an emotion register so staff can have a quiet word if children are sad or angry.

They have a ‘nurture room’ that helps children who need a listening ear or some time for reflection while their pastoral support helps and supports by providing information and advice.

Wild Bank had a wellbeing day last year which was so successful it was extended to a week with activities including hot chocolate café, cupcake making, mindful colouring, creating worry dolls, various sports, Tameside Rocks, gardening, bouncy castles, making dream catchers, messy play, yoga, drumming and creating fairy gardens.

The award was presented at a special assembly attended by Ali Sparkes, from Tameside and Glossop MIND, who helped Wild Bank work towards accreditation and Charlotte Lee, Tameside’s public health commissioner, who provided the funding.

Ali said: “It is a massive achievement for Wild Bank to get the award and a reflection of the work they have done.

“There is a focus today on improving children’s mental health and wellbeing and the school has done an excellent job to support children, staff and the wider community.”

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