Health and wellbeing top the agenda at Oak View Academy

Well, well, well…

That’s been the mantra at Oak View Academy, after children spent a week learning how to be kind to themselves and others during a week of wellbeing activities.

Pupils marked Children’s Mental Health Week with activities designed to help them ‘find their brave’ and took some time to consider other people’s feelings, as well as their own.

Activities included exercise classes, workshops, relaxation sessions and outdoor activities.

They also wore clothes inside out to reflect the fact that people may feel distressed inside despite looking well on the outside.

Executive Headteacher Fiona Whittaker said: “Supporting children’s mental health is a top priority of ours, so the week of activities was the ideal way to get them looking at how they react to challenging situations, appreciate the positives and recognise all lovely things about themselves and each other.

“We also looked at ways they can enjoy the outdoors through forest school sessions, which they all love whatever the weather!”

The academy also joined with Winsford’s other 12 schools, which form the Winsford Education Partnership, to produce a film about the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the town, which was shown to Winsford High Street Primary and airs on Northwest Tonight, week commencing 17th February.

Ms Whittaker added: “This is so exciting for all our children across the town, and reflects the importance of the work children have been doing on mental health and well-being.”

Oak View Academy is part of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which manages schools across Cheshire and Shropshire including Delamere Academy, near Northwich, which is ranked the highest performing primary in West Cheshire according to the latest performance tables.

In Chester there is Acresfield Primary School, which is second-highest performing, and St Martin’s Academy, which is the most over-subscribed school in the borough.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “The emotional wellbeing of our children is just as important as their physical health.

“We want every child to be the best possible version of themselves and health and happiness are essential to this.”

For more information about Oak View Academy, email: admin@oak-view-academy.co.uk or tel: 01606 288118.