Longdendale High School, part of the AspirePlus Educational Trust in Tameside, is proud to be the first school in Greater Manchester to be accredited with the AcSEED award, in recognition of the well-being support provided across the school community.

AcSEED is a charitable organisation exclusively focused on promoting the need for high quality emotional wellbeing and mental health support in UK schools and colleges. The award recognises those organisations that can demonstrate their commitment to providing high quality support.

AcSEED was founded by young people, with lived experience of well-being challenges at school.

The well-being framework, defined by AcSEED encourages a whole school approach to emotional development and wellbeing support.

The school have worked closely with consultant, Ali Sparkes from Tameside, Oldham and Glossop MIND, to develop a successful whole school approach to supporting well-being.

The AcSEED assessment team were impressed by the comprehensive wellbeing support provided by Longdendale High School, and by the wide range of wellbeing information, education and support provided to staff, students and families.

Julie Noble, Senior Inclusion Leader at the school said, “Longdendale have always had a strong focus on the continuous improvement of our well-being provision. Both the school and the AspirePlus Trust have a highly inclusive approach to education and understand that young people, families and staff all need as much support as possible to meet the demands of 21st century life.”

The picture shows the celebration event hosted at Longdendale where the award was presented by Ali Sparkes from MIND to Julie Noble, accompanied by Matthew Bowler, CEO and Andrea Jones, Headteacher, Sarah Linari, Deputy Headteacher, Catherine France, Inclusion Coordinator, Deputy Head Boys; Ciaran and Teddy and Deputy Head Girls, Jaya and Jade.