At Bradford Academy we are committed to supporting positive mental health throughout our school community. We are working towards reducing stigma and encouraging acceptance in all our learners. We aim to ensure that all learners move onto their next stage of learning ready to accept the next challenge that faces them, with a range of support strategies to help them on their way.
We have committed to the Mental Health Matters Project which is currently running in Bradford. As part of this we have a dedicated Mental Health Champion who receives regular training and works alongside other staff and learners to develop their skills. A member of the Senior Leadership Team also has the responsibility of ensuring that mental health is held in high regard by all. Our Mental Health Champion has been providing learners with information regarding a range of issues including bullying and anxiety. We are currently working towards a Mental Health award alongside the Leeds Carnegie Centre of Excellence.
The impact of our mission to promote positive mental health is evident throughout Bradford Academy. Many learners and staff now feel more willing to discuss mental health and any concerns they may have. Learners are also more willing to support each other to build positive mental health.
Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.