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Primary school recognised for mental health awareness

Headteacher David Perkins with pupils Diana Biyikoglu, Jayden Eley, Leah Marks, Edward Buruiana, Jamie Mukome and Julia Szubarczy Picture: LAUREATE COMMUNITY ACADEMY

Headteacher David Perkins with pupils Diana Biyikoglu, Jayden Eley, Leah Marks, Edward Buruiana, Jamie Mukome and Julia Szubarczy Picture: LAUREATE COMMUNITY ACADEMY

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A Newmarket primary school has been recognised with an award for its attitude towards mental health.

Laureate Community Academy has been given a silver award certificate under the scheme run by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for mental health in schools.

Inspectors looked at how mental health was approached across the Exning Road school – including support for pupils and staff and working with parents.

In her report, lead assessor Liz Dawson said: “Pupils are increasingly able to say they feel well cared for and leaders have developed a robust mental health and wellbeing policy for staff including regular workload reviews.”

Pupils have been involved in the design of the mental health and wellbeing initiative and are encouraged to give feedback and provide new ideas.

David Perkins, headteacher at Laureate Community Academy, said: “It is brilliant that we have been recognised for our mental health awareness – it is something we feel strongly about across all aspects of the school.

“The mental health of our students, staff and parents is so important and to be rewarded with this certificate is very satisfying.”


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