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WAS Award

WAS Award



19th October 2021 -  EXCITING NEWS!


Milking Bank are really excited to announce their achievement of  ‘The WAS Award’, an accreditation that ensures that mental health and wellbeing sit at the heart of our school life.  We will now display the WAS logo with pride!

Milking Bank has always been an inclusive school with a holistic approach to developing learning though wellbeing and health.  Over the past 6 years we have worked closely with the charity Bedazzle and through the completion of the award, it is clear that our commitment and the work we are doing within school and the community is of high quality, having a positive impact and appropriate for the wellbeing of staff, pupils and parents. 




Milking Bank are very excited to be embarking on the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) with Optimus Education



'Developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), the Wellbeing Award for Schools is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community. NCB’s vision is an education system where good emotional wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of the culture and ethos of all schools, so that pupils, with the support of their teachers, can build confidence and flourish. Evidence shows us that wellbeing is of central importance to learning and attainment, with high levels of wellbeing associated with improved academic outcomes. Conversely, pupils who have mental health problems are more likely to have academic difficulties at school and experience social disadvantage later in adult life.

To achieve this vision, NCB advocates the use of a ‘whole-school approach’ where all aspects of the school experience are harnessed to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils and staff. It is an approach where emotional wellbeing and mental health is everybody’s business.'


There are four key principles driving the ideas and recommendations behind the award:

  1. Emotional wellbeing and mental health are a continuum. Related issues can range from positive attitudes and behaviour, through to experiences of emotional distress and mental disorder.
  2. School already experiences and manages emotional issues on a daily basis; the objective is to minimise the impact of such issues and maximise the effectiveness of any responses.
  3. Emotional wellbeing covers a range of dimensions, such as resilience, character building, relationships and self-esteem, etc. Understanding both developmental and mental health awareness is critical.
  4. Creating a positive school culture requires a whole-school approach that is led from the top while involving all in the school community.

'Embarking on the award process does not imply that your school is failing in this area, but rather that you have recognised the needs and demands of your school are changing and you are committed to responding to these.'


As the journey begins we will continue to share regular updates.