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Claire Murdoch National Director for Mental Health for NHS England visits HBJS

On Monday 9th September, Herne Bay Junior School welcomed Claire Murdoch, NHS England’s Mental Health Director, to the school.

She was accompanied by Kathryn Pugh, Deputy Head of Mental Health, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Programme Lead.

Claire and Kathryn learnt about our journey to achieving Silver status through the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health in Schools Award, as well as the approaches and resources we use in school to promote positive well-being for all.

Our next step of the journey is to achieve the Gold standard over the next year. This will entail us continuing our commitment to mental health in school by endeavouring to “go the extra mile” to meet the needs of all and also extending links to other schools and services.

Claire was inspired by the work we have done to support our children. She commented on ‘our vision, practical action and passion to equip our young to talk about MH, look after themselves and others’.

Claire delivered an assembly to the children in Years 3, 5 & 6 during the afternoon which she described as a privilege.

BBC South East filmed throughout the day with Rowena Evett-Collins, Deputy Headteacher and Hollie Edwards, Director of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Our pupils proudly spoke with confidence and demonstrated a range of the activities we have on offer for all to support mental health and wellbeing.

Plese click here to view the BBC report.