Children at Acton CE Primary Academy are learning to look after their mental health as part of the One Goal Wellbeing Community Champions initiative. 

Representatives from each class at the Chester Road school have worked alongside One Goal to become accredited Wellbeing Warriors. 

Now the youngsters will use what they have learned to educate fellow pupils. 

Teacher Emma Bloore, wellbeing lead, explained that the mental health of staff and pupils is taken extremely seriously at Acton.  

“By working with the wonderful team at One Goal we have been able to ensure that the children have a deeper understanding of how we can look after our mental health,” she said.  

“Our Wellbeing Warriors will now have the correct skills to roll out their knowledge to the rest of the school. I am very proud of the achievements of the children! They are now look forward to relaying the message back to their classmates and taking an active role in promoting a healthy mental state across the school.” 

As part of their training, pupils learned about the different stages of mental health and how to recognise and regulate the different feelings they may experience.  

They were taught different ways to achieve a healthy mental state such as meditation, calming strategies and wellbeing games. They learned methods to identify when their mental health is being impacted and how to improve it.  

Most importantly the children learned that communication and self-regulation play a vital role. 

April Bourke, who delivered the training to Acton pupils, said: “The children were fantastic to work with and a credit to the school. 

They welcomed the training with an open mind and left feeling confident and excited about putting their new knowledge into practice. I am so grateful to have played a part in their training and look forward to hearing how they promote mental health throughout the school.” 

Adam Eccleston, founder of One Goal, added: “The pandemic has had a real impact on children’s mental health so Acton CE Primary are playing a crucial role. It’s been a pleasure supporting Acton with our Mental Health Champions Training which will empower pupils to take care of their own mental health as well as support their peers.” 

PHOTO: Emma Bloore with the Wellbeing Warriors 

Delamere CofE Academy has been ranked among the best 0.5% of all primary schools in the UK.  

That’s according to The Sunday Times’ Parent Power guide, which enables parents to compare schools’ performance on both local and national levels.  

More than 20,000 primary schools across the nation were rated based on exam results and Delamere, near Northwich, has been placed 84th overall – an improvement of 44 places on the previous year.  

And Acresfield Academy in Chester, which is also run by North West Academies Trust (NWAT), has performed superbly to earn 144th place in the rankings.  

Delamere Headteacher Julie Clayton said: “We are 84th this year, having been 128th last year and 366th the previous year and that’s brilliant news for the school and testament to the hard work and attitude of our staff and children.   

“It’s a real team effort and something we can collectively be proud of. Results like this prove that a nurturing ethos and a full and balanced curriculum really helps learners to achieve great things.”   

Acresfield Headteacher Mike Dixon added: “We are delighted with the progress we’re making. We take great pride in the work we do and in the success of our children, who love coming to school and investing in their learning every day.   

“We will continue to strive to improve – that will never stop. But it’s also important to recognise an achievement like this which is something we can all be very proud of.”  

Both Delamere and Acresfield are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and both are in the top five schools across both Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East, according to the Parent Power guide. 

NWAT schools share resources and best practices, and place strong emphasis on giving children experiences outside the classroom in order to open their eyes to a ‘wonderful world of possibilities’. 

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “These schools are hugely successful, not only in terms of excellent SATs results but also because they are thriving with happy, engaged children.   

“It is testament to the hard work of all involved, who recognise the importance of giving children the best possible education.”