Huddersfield New College has revealed that the College has been awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools (Further Education) award at Silver standard.
The award follows a process where HNC was assessed across a range of core areas to assess the effectiveness of mental health support, with the inspector also exploring how well key policies and systems are embedded in order to ensure that mental wellbeing is at the heart of the College experience. Eight key areas were explored as part of the award, including leadership, staff and student culture, support for both staff and students, the professional development given to staff and how well the College works with parents and carers and external agencies.
Following the assessment, it has been confirmed that HNC has achieved the prestigious Silver standard which recognises how HNC has a culture where mental wellbeing is positively supported, and students and staff understand the support available to them. The assessor’s report identified: “Everyone feels welcome, students are polite and harmonious in this setting of over 2500 students and more than 200 staff. Students know who to go to when in need.”
Lee Goddard, Assistant Principal comments: “Here at HNC we work to ensure that students are provided with any support they need, as well as helping our young people to understand how they can protect their mental wellbeing. There is a clear link between mental wellbeing and students achieving their ambitions and as College we are continously responding to the feedback from students regarding our provision. We are proud of the wide range of help that we offer including a programme of proactive activity and advice and bespoke support for individual students. All of this ensures that our young people excel and that mental wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do as a College.”
“From direct support through our pastoral staff and Student Welfare service to our young people making a positive difference to their peers through being a Student Mental Health Champion, we work to ensure that all of our College community is supported and understands how and why they can and should protect their mental wellbeing. We are very proud to have been awarded the Silver level, and we continue to look at ways we can improve our offer including through our current remote learning phase.”
Emma Fisher, Mental Health Champion who led the award process says: "We are very proud to have achieved this prestigious awards which recognises how HNC is a genuinely supportive community where we both promote the importance of mental health wellbeing and offer comprehensive support for those who need it. As a team of staff and students we are always looking for new ways to engage our College community in our various activities including training Mental First Aiders and Student Mental Health Champions who provide a peer to peer service. This week we will be issuing a special mental wellbeing bulletin to support students during our remote learning phase - this is a great example of how our support responds to ever changing circumstances."