Nurturing children’s mental health is a key priority for all of us at Banstead Prep School. Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people, and statistics revealed that half of all mental health issues present by the age of 14.
During lockdown, the opportunity arose to take a Mental Health for Youth and Children course, and many of our teachers and support staff volunteered to complete it and received a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification.
Our new Headteacher, Jon Chesworth, was delighted to hear about this initiative: “Wellbeing and mental health of young people should never be compromised and our greatest responsibility as teachers and leaders is to create an environment where our children feel safe, valued and listened to. This year’s challenges have brought school communities closer together than ever before and this is a clear example of how staff at BPS have gone above and beyond for the children, and each other.”
Congratulations to all who successfully passed their course!