Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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The Academy is committed to improving the quality of working lives for all staff and providing a healthy working environment. We recognise that our staff are our greatest asset and our wellbeing strategy is founded on the core values of promoting and celebrating diversity, tolerance, freedom from discrimination and the prevention of work-related ill health.

Wellbeing strategy is meaningful and effective only when it is integrated into all spheres of our professional practice – from policy-making and professional development, over day-to-day teaching, to creating a healthy working environment that is conducive to high levels of staff engagement and performance. Our programmes reflect our holistic view of wellbeing, comprising a wide variety of mental, physical and social health initiatives. At Chestnut Grove, wellbeing is promoted by all – our governors, the SLT, teaching and support staff volunteers. And whilst we nurture pluralism of opinion, belief and choice, we are all uniform in the recognition that Chestnut Grove community is uniquely cohesive and nurturing.

Chestnut Grove Academy is classed as a medium-sized enterprise and its workforce is culturally and linguistically diverse. The concept of diversity is used at its most extended sense: we actively seek to encourage the acceptance of all types of protected characteristics, including mental difference, which constitutes our drive for diversity of thought and self-expression. Our imperative is to promote a tolerant learning community with highly effective support and communication systems on all levels – a community in which ALL members can thrive.

London Healthy Workplace Charter

In recognition of our commitment to improve staff wellbeing, we have been awarded London Healthy Workplace Charter. The assessors were particularly impressed with the following:

  • Wellbeing surveys and how they inform the actions to improve staff wellbeing;
  • Headteacher takes a clear lead on employee health and wellbeing;
  • Clear and effective approach to tackling the stigma around mental health based on encouraging open conversation;
  • Wellbeing lead in place;
  • Drive to prevent overload is a key part of assessing potential projects and additional work.

For the full report, please click here 

Wellbeing Strategies

  • Workload and stress risk-assessment of all policies and programmes before their implementation;
  • Reduction of workload: We hold termly workload consultations open to all staff. In 2017-18 we have significantly reduced marking, planning and workload around data. For more details, click here 
  • We have developed the capacity to provide expert support: We have 2 trained mental health first aiders and a wellbeing go-to person. We maintain liaison with external agencies (London Healthy Workplace Charter, Mind, Talk Wandsworth);
  • Effective channels of communication;
  • Encouraging staff cohesion, support, participation and sharing of ideas and resources through a wide range of wellbeing events.

Wellbeing Events

  • Mental Health Awareness week

Monday lunch: History tea party
Tuesday lunch: Staff lunch with Debra
Wednesday: Strawberries and live piano with ICT
Thursday: Kieran’s surprise lunch
Friday: English disco 

  • Wellbeing for School Workshop - 3rd July 2018, 5.30-7.30

For more information click here

  • Wellbeing session with Sara Williams - 3rd July 2018, 3.30-4.30
  • Staff yoga 

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