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Impington Village College

IVC gains Gold for Mental Health and Wellbeing support

Impington Village College is one of just 34 schools nationwide to be awarded the gold status of The Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools.

 

IVC is also the first school in Cambridgeshire to pick up the gold standard, which recognises the value school places on the wellbeing of its staff and students.

Impington Village College principal Ryan Kelsall and mental health lead Simon Warburton. Picture: Steven Creamer (6151774)

Principal, Ryan Kelsall said: "The importance of culture can not be underestimated in any organisation, but is particularly important in education where we strive to shape and develop the next generation.

"A positive culture is underpinned by a desire to provide for and invest in the people that make up the community and a clear focus on wellbeing is at the heart of this investment.

"At Impington we have worked hard over the past three years to raise standards, outcomes and experiences for students. The cultural shift we have achieved is the key driver for the successes we have delivered."

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools exists to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the education system.

A recent government survey showed that one in 12 young people under the age of 19 experience at least one mental health disorder; and there is a specific rise in emotional disorders in the age group of five to 15.

Assistant principal and mental health lead, Simon Warburton said: “We are grateful for the support of the Carnegie Centre for Mental Health for supporting our activities in ensuring that our mental health and wellbeing support has impact across all levels of our college. We will continue to do what we can with what we have to support our students, families and staff to be aware and be able to manage their mental health."