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Horse-riding lessons and gym sessions earn Fern House a prestigious wellbeing award

Pupils and staff at Fern House School have been celebrating after being awarded with the Sandwell Chartermark, which signifies its success in taking a whole-school approach to emotional health and wellbeing.  

Pupils and staff at Fern House School, which is a special school for SEMH pupils sponsored by ELT Partnership, have been celebrating after being awarded with the Sandwell Chartermark, which signifies its success in taking a whole-school approach to emotional health and wellbeing.  

As part of that approach, pupils and staff at Fern House have really been thinking outside the box when it comes to learning, looking at ways to expand pupils’ horizons and get them engaged with new activities they might not have experienced previously.

A real favourite has been the regular horse-riding class at Barnfield Stables, which is part of Friday enrichment activities. Alongside learning to ride, pupils have been taught about grooming and tacking up, as well as about the importance of being calm and quiet around the horses. Animals have been proven to offer a great therapeutic comfort to children, and staff have really seen the positive impact it’s had so far.

Meanwhile, some children have been going to their local gym in Cheshunt for fitness and enrichment activities. These are a chance to promote mental wellbeing and fitness, as well as giving pupils a taste of what’s going on in their community.

Alongside the Sandwell Chartermark, the school has recently become a Thrive Embraced School with a licenced practitioner. The Thrive approach promotes children and young people’s positive mental health by helping adults know what to do providing training to equip them with the knowledge, insights and resources needed to develop the relationships that help children and young people to flourish and learn.

Fern House School is looking forward to continuing to build on the great progress it’s made so far, championing pupil wellbeing and striving for new opportunities.

Zoe Hussain, Executive Headteacher at Fern House School said:

“We’re so proud to have been awarded with the Sandwell Chartermark. It’s a real testament to the hard work of staff to ensure our pupils receive a well-rounded education that focuses not only on academic success, but also on mental and physical health. We want every child at Fern House School to really enjoy their time with us, and one of the most integral components to that is being able to have fun and try new things.”