Wellbeing award goes to New Horizons

March 24 2020

A KINGSWOOD school has been recognised for nurturing a positive culture that supports good mental health in children and staff.

Councillor Ben Stokes presents the award to New Horizons school

Councillor Ben Stokes presents the award to New Horizons school

New Horizons Learning Centre is one of three schools in South Gloucestershire to receive a Mental Wellbeing Award.

The awards are part of the Health in Schools programme.  Schools are provided with training, resources and networking opportunities to share examples of best practice. A ‘whole school’ approach is encouraged to improve the mental health of everyone connected with the school.

Cabinet member for public health, Councillor Ben Stokes visited New Horizons to present the honour. 

Cllr Stokes praised the impressive commitment of the school and of the other award winners, Sir Bernard Lovell Academy in Oldland Common and Longwell Green Primary School. He said children, staff and others felt supported to speak up and seek help if they are experiencing problems.

Meanwhile, South Gloucestershire Libraries have launched the ‘Reading Well’ programme, which is a national book on prescription scheme that provides helpful reading to support children’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Every child in South Gloucestershire has received a leaflet with the list of books which help children understand their feelings and emotions in a range of situations. 

All of the books are available from South Gloucestershire Libraries and can be reserved at www.librarieswest.org.uk. Find your nearest library at www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries