School gets county’s first wellbeing gong

editorial image

A Dacorum secondary school has become the first in Herts to achieve a special status recognising its work with pupils’ health and wellbeing.

Kings Langley School has achieved Hertfordshire Healthy Schools Plus, an accolade awarded by the county’s Healthy Schools team, recognising its efforts under an umbrella term for ‘improving communication with pupils and promoting a greater level of community activity’.

The school is keen to promote its work with pupils, aimed at increasing their resilience to everyday situations in life, whether this be a difficult decision, a setback at school or elsewhere, or even bullying.

Headteacher Gary Lewis said: “It’s all about developing personal character, a strength of character.

“The team that came to assess the school spent very little time speaking to myself or staff, but instead spent most of their time speaking with pupils in groups to find out their thoughts on how we do things here.”

The visiting team’s lead adviser Liz Biggs said: “I am absolutely delighted Kings Langley have received this award.

“This is a tremendous accolade and is testament to the relentless commitment that the school has shown to support the emotional health and wellbeing of the whole school community.

“Kings Langley are a beacon school for their work on Healthy Schools and they are to be congratulated for this. I wish them success in their future work.”

The Hertfordshire Healthy Schools Plus accolade was introduced in April 2011 to recognise work done to support healthy behaviour in children and young people.

The plus level was added to highlight schools that have taken extra steps to participate in the wellbeing of their students.