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Becton school scoops pioneering mental health award

Karen Ransom, a teacher at Becton's Kenwood Centre pictured with the award

Becton School, which has several hubs across the city, aims to provide education for children affected by physical or mental ill health.

As such they offer a wide range of activities to boost the wellbeing of pupils and staff, including mental health which is built into the Becton curriculum and is a focus for the student council.

The children have weekly resilience lessons and on Friday afternoons staff go off-timetable, meaning the students either go home or back to the ward, so they can have wellbeing sessions and supervision slots.

Becton also work closely with social services and the NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

In recognition of their efforts, the school has achieved the Gold standard in the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools.

Becton headteacher, James Gibson said: “I am extremely proud to be the leader of Becton and that the school is now recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for the support that we give our students and staff around their Mental Health. We have been working towards this award for the last 18 months and it has enabled us to fully evaluate the support that we provide.”