Oasis Academy in Oldham had cause for celebration last night as they triumphed in the UK-wide Place2Be ‘Wellbeing in Schools Awards’ 2019 at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, hosted by TV presenter and Place2Be ambassador Katie Thistleton.
Oasis Academy Oldham was shortlisted in this year’s ‘Wellbeing in Schools Awards’ in the category of ‘Progress’.
They have focused on self-esteem, bullying, how to talk about and express feelings, recognising signs of good and bad mental health and discrimination, hate crime, radicalisation and extremism.
Run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the Awards recognise the passion and hard work that goes into the delivery of mental health and wellbeing support in the charity’s partner schools across the country.
Catherine Roche, Place2Be Chief Executive said: “All too often we are surrounded by stories of children’s mental health in crisis. Sadly, we hear less about the brilliant efforts made every day to support children and young people in UK schools. To redress this, Place2Be’s Wellbeing in Schools Awards recognise and showcase the remarkable work and commitment to promote mental health across our partner schools in the UK.”
Place2Be Ambassador, TV and radio presenter, Katie Thistleton, said: “I first became an ambassador for Place2Be after I'd overcome my own struggle with mental health. After being diagnosed with anxiety and depression as an adult, I realised that the signs were there in my teenage years, and even in my childhood. This made me passionate about helping young people to look after their emotional and mental health. I was honoured to present at Place2Be’s Wellbeing in Schools Awards, which are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the great work taking place in schools across the UK.”
Dominique Gobbi, Principal of Oasis Academy Oldham said: “We pride ourselves on being centred around the needs of our students. We regard health and wellbeing to be integral to developing successful and confident learners than can face the challenges of adolescence and beyond.”