We’re celebrating! Last week, two….yes that’s right two iSpace Wellbeing Pioneering Schools won Wellbeing awards in The Week, Independent Schools Guide 2021.

So, who are the schools and what were the awards? For the full details see below or click here.

Cumnor House

BEST FOR INNOVATION: Cumnor House Sussex

This co-ed day and boarding prep school in West Sussex was the first school in the UK to introduce the pioneering iSpace Wellbeing Curriculum. Created and developed in 2017 by Paula Talman, the school’s director of compliance, health and welfare, and aimed at children aged 4 – 11, iSpace Wellbeing offers. a child-friendly approach to wellbeing education. Taught through the schools’s PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) timetable it encourages pupils to talk about their feelings and learn how and when to ask for help. Year 7 and 8 pupils have their own curriculum, #iWonder, which helps teenagers to understand their emotions, physical, social and mental health. Both programmes are now being used by other schools too.


Handcross Park


Lockdown restrictions didn’t stop Handcross Park delivering pastoral care to its 380 pupils. The co-ed day and boarding school in West Sussex adapted everything it had done previously and added more. It sent a wellbeing questionnaire to pupils every day and also introduced a TV channel called HXPTV to communicate pastoral messages virtually. There’s also a morning mindfulness programme, an independent listener who works with children needing one-on-one support, pastoral surgeries for parents and kindness wristbands for pupils who perform random acts of kindness. “Our whole school ethos is based around our culture of kindness and this is reinforced daily in assemblies teaching empathy, kindness, grit, diversity and believing in yourself,” say the school (who also use the iSpace Wellbeing curriculum).

Well done to everyone involved, we’re delighted that the iSpace Wellbeing curriculum for mental health and wellbeing has helped you put mental health at the heart of your school community!

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