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Leys Primary School Press Release for the Wellbeing Award Celebration (Friday 11th October 2019)


Leys Primary School has been recognised for its outstanding work in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing across the whole school community. It is the first primary school in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham to achieve the prestigious Wellbeing Award for Schools, having embedded a culture that values highly, the happiness and emotional welfare of pupils, staff and parents and carers.

Mrs Gough, Personal Development and Literacy Manager, and co-lead of the award in school said, “We are extremely proud to have our collective endeavours and commitment in this area recognised. Achieving the award requires a substantial commitment by all stakeholders as there are eight objectives and over fifty KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for the school to evidence in order to achieve the accreditation. Our commitment to emotional health and wellbeing of all members of the Leys Primary School community continues.”

Mrs Rogers, Assistant Headteacher and co-lead of the award added, “As a school, we are indebted to the Virtual School who provided the funding for this venture. As a result of the opportunity to participate, and everyone’s hard work, our pupils have become more confident and articulate in speaking about their emotional health and readily and positively embrace occasions to be mindful and supportive of themselves and each other.”

Mr Gough, Deputy Headteacher, commented, “Achieving the award has been a united effort: staff, governors, parents and pupils have been motivated to be involved in a variety of ways – by sharing their opinions in questionnaires, supporting coffee mornings, fundraising days and special lunches to name a few. At the forefront are the school Wellbeing Champions: members of our pupil, parent/carer, staff and governing body community (some of whom met with the award verifier), who are great ambassadors for our school. The mutual efforts involved in achieving this award are a testament to the strength of belief in our school and its ethos: ‘Resilience to Achieve; Aspiration to Succeed.’ We shall display the award plaque with great pride and maintain the legacy of all that has been achieved so far.”

  • “I am very happy with Leys. My daughter’s progress at this school is amazing, I think the teachers are amazing.” (Parent)
  • “I’m starting to love this school! You all have made such great progress and I urge you: Keep up the great work!” (Parent)
  • “The Leys Primary School is a happy and caring place.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils are considerate of each other’s happiness.” (OFSTED)
  • An outstanding learning environment. All the children were engaged with their learning. A very friendly staff. (Borough Adviser)
  • “Pupils behave well in lessons and are respectful and polite around the school.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils respond well to the high expectations of the school.” (OFSTED)
  • “Pupils enjoy learning and are rightly proud of their work.” (OFSTED)