Wellington wins Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiative Award

The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) has announced the winners of its annual awards. BSA unveiled the eleven winners at its Annual Conference for Heads, which took place virtually on 22 and 23 September.

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2nd October 2020 — Wellington was awarded this honour for the ground-breaking work it has done around wellbeing, but namely for the launch of its first-ever Community Mental Health Day, hosted at the College in February 2020.

Community Mental Health Day welcomed 40 speakers and wellbeing practitioners who delivered over 75 talks and workshops on topics spanning a spectrum of issues, including, addiction, eating disorders, depression, and resilience. Through this series of talks and workshops, it facilitated an inspiring conversation between parents, staff, and students, strengthening our community and cultivating progressive thinking.

James Dahl, Master of Wellington College, said: "Thank you so much to the BSA for selecting Wellington College as winner of the Wellbeing & Mental Health Initiative Award. Our College mental health lead, Delyth Lynch and her team have done some outstanding work over the last few years to place Wellington at the forefront of mental health innovation in boarding schools. Congratulations to all involved."

Delyth Lynch, the College mental health lead said: "I am delighted that we have won such an important award. The Wellington Community places great emphasis on the importance of wellbeing in the curriculum and beyond. We’re all working hard to ensure young people have the confidence to raise issues and seek help and it’s wonderful that our efforts are being recognised."

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Wellington College is a school like no other. Where many focus on examination results and view league table position as the main criterion for success, the whole ethos of Wellington is focused on each and every individual who passes through our gates.

If education, in the truest sense of the word, is about bringing the best out of children, then delivering a raft of A and A* grades is not enough, undoubtedly important though examination results are. We aim to inspire and support our pupils so they can become the very best they can be in every single way. By helping them become happy and fully-rounded young men and women examination grades naturally follow, as our outstanding A Level, IB and GCSE results clearly prove.

Our educational philosophy is therefore focused around the traits which we want all Wellingtonians to acquire before taking their place in the adult world.

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