Thursday 24 November 2016

On Tuesday 22nd November, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of the children’s mental health charity Place2Be, presented an award to 16-year-old Kaii Bailey from Ark Walworth Academy in Southwark at the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House in London.

Kaii won the ‘Young Person Champion Award’, kindly supported by Andrew and Karen Howes, which recognised her commitment to promoting positive mental health in her school community.

In her nomination, her school described her amazing resilience and determination. It read “Kaii regularly supported her fellow students, offering them sound and positive advice so they could make the best choices. Through working hard to develop her own resilience, Kaii not only thrived as an individual but was able to give back to the academy, students and the entire school family.”


Ark Walworth Academy students Beatriz Mendes, 15 and Cameron Stutely, 15 were the only child judges selected to be on the judging panel. They both supported in selecting the finalists in two different categories. Beatriz and Cameron were chosen out students from 300 other schools. Beatriz described the night as a “really great experience, I feel lucky to have gone”.


Cameron recollects “The whole night was incredible moving, I feel privileged to have been chosen.”


Principal Yvonne Powell OBE added “We have worked closely with Place2Be to create a safe, happy and caring environment for all staff, students and parents. A culture which encourages students and staff to ask for help is a key part of the school’s ethos, and is well embedded into the culture. Students know that school staff genuinely care and will do what they can to remove barriers to happiness and success.”


The Awards are supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation. Place2Be partner schools were invited to nominate school leaders, teachers, support staff, parent champions, child champions and Place2Be counsellors who go above and beyond to enhance the life of the school community.

The winners in the nine Award categories were selected from almost 100 entries and announced in front of 350 guests at the Awards ceremony at Mansion House.

In a speech at the Awards, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge spoke of her admiration for the work of schools in supporting mental health:


"I have been privileged over recent years to visit a number of schools and to meet the teachers, volunteers, and parents who make Place2Be's work a reality. Together, you ensure your students know they have somewhere to turn, someone who will listen, or simply a safe place to escape."


Place2Be President, Dame Benny Refson, DBE said:

“The Wellbeing in Schools Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work that happens in Place2Be schools to champion positive mental health for children and young people. I’d like to congratulate Kaii – in a world where we hear so many stories of stigma and fear, it is important to celebrate the brave and inspirational champions, who do so much to ensure than no one in their communities is ever afraid to ask for help when they need it.”