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Award for Bishop's Stortford primary's positive approach to mental health

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A Bishop's Stortford primary school has been recognised for its work to promote the mental health and wellbeing of pupils.

St Michael's Church of England Primary School in Apton Road has secured the Healthy Young Minds in Herts Kitemark.

Staff had to demonstrate how welfare is safeguarded in 11 key areas. Head Rachel Griffiths said: "We are delighted that the panel 'had great admiration' for all the school is doing to improve the mental health and well-being of our children, staff and whole school community and we continue to be committed to keep this at the forefront of our thinking."

Students at St Michael's (54192462)
Students at St Michael's (54192462)

She said theCovid-19 pandemic had exacerbated children's mental health issues and the school was continually seeking new ways to support students, including running a 'Feel Good' week which involved all classes designing and making 'feel good' products.

St Michael's then opened its doors to the community for the first time in a year-and-a-half to sell the goods. Miss Griffiths said the profits were being used to support classes in developing positivity.

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