Wells Cathedral School receives prestigious Wellbeing Award



Wells Cathedral School is delighted to announce they have received Optimus Education’s prestigious Wellbeing Award.

Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the award is granted to schools who are able to demonstrate that they have made significant changes to their long-term wellbeing culture for pupils, parents and staff.

The School’s application for the award was led by Damian Todres, Head of the Creative Arts Faculty and Mental Health Lead, and Martin Ashton, Deputy Head (Pastoral). They presented a huge amount of evidence that was gathered over a 12-month period, reflecting initiatives designed for pupils at all stages of their education – from Nursery to the Sixth Form – as well as for parents and staff.

Some of the highlighted initiatives included:

The Award report praised the School for these, commenting that:

The school’s well-being initiatives stand out for their clarity of purpose and tangible impact. Driven by a genuine desire to see children thrive, these initiatives lay a strong foundation for pupils’ future lives.”

Damian Todres comments:

“After a 12-month process of the School collaborating on creating and recording a broad program of whole-School wellbeing provision, and following our verification and assessment day with Optimus Education, I am delighted to say that we have secured the Wellbeing Award.

We had some outstanding feedback and the assessor was “overwhelmed” by the breadth and depth of the evidence we provided, as well as the stakeholder interviews, School tour and presentation. I look forward to working with Martin and the whole School community in continuing to make this foundational area an explicit priority for pupils, staff and parents.”

Martin Ashton comments:

“I am so proud that we have received this award, which reflects how we aim to take care of every member of our community, from our youngest pupils in the Little Wellies Nursery to our Sixth Formers who preparing for life beyond Wells; from our amazing and dedicated staff who teach, inspire and support our pupils, to all of the parents and guardians who are passionate about seeing their children thrive. We know only too well the various pressure points and challenges that our young people face and we take very seriously indeed our responsibility to try and help wherever we can.

I would like to thank Damian Todres and all of the many other staff who contribute to wellbeing every single day. We will use this award as inspiration to carry on doing what we have been doing, and to go on finding new and ambitious ways of supporting everyone in the future.”

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