June 2019

Bladon Achieve Wellbeing Award Emotional well-being is a primary focus at Bladon House School. The end of 2016 saw the appointment of a Strategic Lead who solely focused on looking after the emotional well-being of staff. This has been successful with lots of initiatives being put in place to support staff whilst they are at work. These include termly spa treatments, discounted cinema tickets, yoga sessions, clinical supervisions, as well as a staff voice forum which takes place once every half-term. Positive changes have been noted with staff identifying that there has been a change in the atmosphere and culture of the school. Staff appreciate that senior leaders understand the challenging nature of the environment they work in and that interventions have been implemented. At the end of 2017 the school took on the Well-being Award for Schools through Optimus Education. Achieving this award would officially recognise everything the school does to look after the emotional well-being and mental health of staff and young people at the school. The process to achieve the award was very rigorous, the school worked to produce an extensive and detailed portfolio of evidence. Within this the school had to satisfy eight main objectives and evidence 48 individual key performance indicators. Evidence surrounded pupil voice, staff stress management and appraisal processes, staff training, reducing the stigma around mental health, communication with parents, working with external agencies and interventions put in place for students. Staff, students as well as parents completed questionnaires at the start and at the end of the award so comparisons in provisions could be made; significant changes were noted. For students we saw the introduction of art, music and drama therapy. As well as the new recent introduction of dogs onsite, which the students have loved. For parents we saw the introduction of a parent forum which takes place once a term. These meetings not only give the school another way to communicate with parents, it also allows parents to build a support network with each other. The school had a final verification visit for the award on the 22nd May 2019. The Adviser thoroughly looked through the evidence portfolio as well as spoke to a range of individuals including senior leadership, our chief operations officer, staff, students as well as parents. The adviser was very impressed and Bladon House achieved the Well-being Award for Schools with flying colours! Of course this is not the end. Just because the award has been achieved it does not mean that well-being work will cease. This is an ongoing process and staff will continue to work hard to maintain the award and the great ethos we have created surrounding emotional well-being and mental health. We can be reassessed for the award in three years’ time.

Julie Brown, Domestic who has worked for Bladon for 15 years. Martin Parry, Night Waking who has completed 10 years service at Bladon.

Rowden Win Bromyard Scarecrow Competition

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Huge congratulations to Rowden House School on winning this years Scarecrow competition. Special well done and thanks to Alina (Costumes) Linda (Scarecrow) and to the Rowden entourage who had a great evening parading through Bromyard town centre - you all so deserve this win.

Winslow Court were awarded a Certificate of Achievement for their Scarecrow entry. Well done to David, and all the residents of Winslow Court & Cedar Lodge who helped make this year’s entry and to the young men of Park House, who came along and joined in the procession on Friday night. What a fabulous weekend it's been - Well done West Midlands Learning Campus.

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