Minds Ahead given 4 awards at National Event

Minds Ahead given 4 awards at National Event

Dr. Somerville, Chair of The Educators’ Trust, presented the awards before the Worshipful Company of Educators and over 150 guests at the Merchant Taylors Hall, City of London. 

On presenting the Inspirational Educator Awards for Mental Health in Education, Dr. Somerville said: 

'Nominees from Minds Ahead are being awarded 4 awards this evening. This is highly unusual. I know the judges considered very carefully the pros and cons of awarding that many awards to one single organisation, but in the end quality and excellence wins out every time. The four award winners are highly deserving of their awards.'

Our award-winning students have demonstrated exceptional dedication and innovation in this vital area, and we couldn’t be prouder of their achievements!

Spotlight on our Outstanding Educators in Mental Health

  • Adam Gillett from Penistone Grammar School in Sheffield stood out for transforming the school’s approach to wellbeing. His leadership extended positive mental health practices to other schools and various training programmes, earning him high praise from judges.

  • Amber Duxbury from The Island Free School in Ventnor impressed judges with her quick impact as an educational professional. She applied her Master’s study effectively, developing both institutional and individual mental health programmes.

  • Paula Willis from Springfield Primary School in Derby showcased exceptional career growth in mental health. Her efforts in implementing a comprehensive approach to mental wellbeing led to the school winning the Carnegie Centre Mental Health in School Award at Silver Level.

  • Lakshmi Divakarla from Francis Askew Primary School in Hull demonstrated remarkable commitment to mental health training. She actively shared best practices, enhancing staff confidence and significantly improving student engagement and learning.