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Update Friday 26th June

Re: The Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS)


Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may know already, Norton Canes High School is working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools. In order to make sure that we improve the support we offer, we want to understand how well we are currently supporting the emotional wellbeing of our pupils. For this reason, we are inviting pupils at our school to complete an anonymous survey.

The following information is important since it will explain about both the survey process and how the information gathered will be used.

Why we are writing to parents/guardians

We are asking for your permission to invite your child to complete the survey. If you are happy for your child to do this then you do not have to do anything. However, if you do not want your child to complete the questionnaire then please let us know by Wednesday 1st July  by 12pm.

If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are happy for your child to be invited. Please be reassured that by deciding against you or your child taking part in the survey will not disadvantage you or your child in any way.

If you are unsure about whether you would like your child to take part and you have some questions about the survey, you are welcome to contact Miss Powell (y.powell@nortoncanes-high.staffs.sch.uk).

Why has my child been asked to take part and what will they do?

The survey has been specially designed for pupils. It is a survey which should take about 15 minutes to complete. The answers your child gives to the questionnaire will not be seen by their friends or teachers – unless your child chooses an adult to help them complete the questions.

What will happen with the information that your child gives us?

The information from the survey will help our school to improve its work in providing better provision for emotional wellbeing and mental health. All information collected is anonymous and will be kept confidential.

What we need parents/carers to do

We hope that you have found this information useful and that you will be happy for your child to be invited to take part in this survey. As noted, if you do not want your child to participate in this survey, you need to contact the school (office@nortoncanes-high.staffs.sch.uk) by Wednesday 1st July by 12pm.

Yours faithfully,

The Wellbeing Award Change Team



Wednesday 24th June

Dear Parents/Guardians

As part of ongoing commitment to the emotional wellbeing of our school community we recently focused our attention on Mental Health week (18th-24th May).  Publicised by the Mental Health Foundation, we asked students to demonstrate kindness by showing compassion towards someone else. We received a high number of thoughtful gestures. Students designed cards to thank keyworkers and even planned a homemade afternoon tea for grandparents at the end of lockdown. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all students who participated in this activity.

We recognise more than ever there is substantial evidence to support the benefits of a collaborative approach to improving mental health, and that children with higher levels of emotional wellbeing have higher levels of academic achievement.

Here at Norton Canes High School, we have always been committed to ensuring that mental health is just as important as academic achievement. We value the health and wellbeing of our ‘unique’ community so we are excited to announce that we have signed up to the ‘Well-being Award for Schools’ administered by Award Place, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau.

The award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional well-being and mental health of both staff and pupils. The focus of the award is on changing the long-term culture of a school and embedding an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all. We have signed up to this award to further develop our work in promoting positive wellbeing for the whole-school community.

During the Duchess of Cambridge’s remarkable assembly on Mental Health, she highlighted the importance of kindness and the impact it can have our own emotional positivity. You can view the assembly here:


This is where we need you.

As a school we value your opinions and experiences.

On Wednesday 1st July 2020, we will distribute a questionnaire. We appreciate how busy you are, but your input is valuable to us. This will give you the opportunity to express your views on our current provisions and help form the Action Plan that will enable students to reach their full potential here at Norton Canes High School.

Yours faithfully,

The Wellbeing Award Change Team

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