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NEWS: Newport Girls' get AcSEED Award

31st August 2020

Congratulations to Newport Girls' High School in Shropshire ...

NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

20th May 2018

Read The AcSEED Newsletter for May 2018.

NEWS: New Volunteer Opportunities

11th March 2018

AcSEED is looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for improving young people's mental health and wellbeing to help drive the next phase of our growth.

NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

11th July 2017

Read The AcSEED Newsletter for July 2017.

NEWS: Farnborough gets AcSEED Award

24th July 2016

Congratulations to The Sixth Form College Farnborough in Hampshire ...

NEWS: Beacon PRU gets AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to The Beacon PRU in Redditch, Worcestershire ...

NEWS: Lordswood get AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to Lordswood Girls' School in Harborne, Birmingham ...

NEWS: Cedars Upper get AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire ...

AcSEED News


20th October 2020

Fairfield Road Primary School receive AcSEED Award

Fairfield Road Primary School Award

Staff from Fairfield Road Primary School receiving their AcSEED Award.

Congratulations to Fairfield Road Primary School in Droylsden Manchester who have been accredited with The AcSEED Award.

Receiving the award are:

Front row (left to right): Liz Bowden (School Counselor), Stephanie Burns (SMSC Leader), and Alexis Davies (Deputy Head).

Back row (left to right): Alec Stephenson (Headteacher), and Shelley Roche (School Liaison Officer).


31st August 2020

Newport Girls' High School receive AcSEED Award

Newport Girls High School Award

Receiving The AcSEED Award for Newport Girls' High School are Headteacher Michael Scott, and Head Girl Team students Ella, Minnie and Abbey.

Congratulations to Newport Girls' High School in Shropshire who have been accredited with The AcSEED Award.

This social distancing compliant photograph shows The AcSEED Award being received by Headteacher Michael Scott, together with members of the Head Girl Team, Ella, Minnie and Abbey.

"AcSEED promotes adoption of best practices in supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people in UK schools and colleges, and provides recognition for organisations that satisfy the AcSEED criteria for wellbeing support" said Charlotte Gatherer, founder of The AcSEED Initiative. "The AcSEED assessment team were particularly impressed by the strong wellbeing ethos at Newport Girls' High School, by their extensive mental health and wellbeing provisions, and by their comprehensive emotional health and wellbeing curriculum. We are therefore delighted to announce that Newport Girls’ High School has been accredited with The AcSEED Award".

Read the school announcement here.


25th June 2019

Trinity opens first AcSEED Wellbeing Centre

Trinity Wellbeing Centre Plaque
Trinity AcSEED Wellbeing Centre

The first AcSEED Wellbeing Center has been opened at Trinity School and College in Kent.

The AcSEED Initiative was founded by young people with lived experience of mental health and wellbeing issues during their school years. They identified safe spaces in schools as an important provision for taking 'time out' when experiencing increased levels of stress, and can also be used as therapy spaces. As low stimulation areas, they also provide a good setting for using sensory equipment.

AcSEED at the Trinity Autism Conference

AcSEED at the Trinity Autism Conference.



The AcSEED Wellbeing Centre was opened as part of the Trinity School and College Autism Conference. The opening ceremony was performed by AcSEED Founder Charlotte Gatherer and AcSEED Chief Executive Nick Gatherer.

Trinity School and College has been an AcSEED accredited school since 2015.


8th July 2018

St Philip's School receives AcSEED Award

St Peters Award

Receiving the AcSEED Award for St Philip's School are (from l to r): Debbie Battle (Safeguarding and Prevention officer, and Wellbeing Emotional Support Team Lead), Ben Walsh (Head teacher).

Congratulations to St Philip's School in Chessington, Surrey, who have been accredited with The AcSEED Award.

The AcSEED assessment team were impressed by the comprehensive wellbeing support provided by St Philip’s School, by the wide range of mental health and wellbeing information and training available, and by their tailoring of wellbeing provisions and services to meet the specific needs of their pupils.

Debbie Battle, Wellbeing Emotional Support Team (WEST) lead at St Philip's School said "We will continue to do everything we can to support our young people through any emotional difficulties they may encounter".

Read the school announcement here.


The Sixth Form College Farnborough receives AcSEED accreditation

24th July 2016

Farnborough pic 1 Congratulations to The Sixth Form College Farnborough in Hampshire, who have been accredited with The AcSEED Award.

At a ceremony to mark the achievement on Thursday 7th July 2016 the award was presented by AcSEED Chief Executive Nick Gatherer to college Principal Simon Jarvis and Deputy Principal for Student Services Catherine Cole. Also attending from the College were Lead Counsellor Claire Basil, Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator Kirsten Halvorsen, and members of the college's Health and Wellbeing team.

Read full story ...


The Beacon PRU receives AcSEED accreditation

25th March 2016

Congratulations to The Beacon PRU in Redditch, Worcestershire, who have been accredited with The AcSEED award.


Lordswood Girls' School receives AcSEED accreditation

25th March 2016

Congratulations to Lordswood Girls' School in Harborne, Birmingham, who have been accredited with The AcSEED award.


Cedars Upper School receives AcSEED accreditation

7th March 2016

Congratulations to Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, who have been accredited with The AcSEED award.


Trinity School and College receive AcSEED accreditation

27th November 2015

Trinity pic 3 Congratulations to Trinity School and College in Rochester, Kent, who were presented with The AcSEED Award at a ceremony on Friday 27th November 2015.

Headteacher Elizabeth Baines received the award from AcSEED principal assessor Helen Galsworthy. Also attending were representatives of the wellbeing staff at Trinity, and the Mayor of Medway Cllr Barry Kemp.

Read full story ...


Applemore TC awarded AcSEED accreditation

6th July 2015

Congratulations to Applemore Technology College in Hampshire who were presented with The AcSEED Award at a ceremony on Monday 6th July 2015. Headteacher Mr Roland Marsh received the award from AcSEED founder Charlotte Gatherer, and paid tribute to Mrs Heidi Kavanagh and other student support staff, and to the young people who act as Peer Mentors within the college.


First AcSEED accreditation awarded to Horndean TC

13th March 2015

Horndean pic 1 Horndean Technology College in Hampshire has become the first organisation to be accredited with The AcSEED Award. Head Teacher Mrs Summerfield received the award from AcSEED founder Charlotte at a ceremony held to mark the occasion on Friday 13th March 2015.

Read full story ...

Picture: Staff and students of Horndean Technology College celebrate their AcSEED accreditation.
Front row (left to right): Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery, Head Teacher Mrs Summerfield, Chair of Governors Robert Bedford, and AcSEED founder Charlotte Gatherer.


AcSEED founder receives award from Deputy Prime Minister

5th February 2015

Award pic1 AcSEED founder Charlotte has received an award from the Deputy Prime Minister for her services to Mental Health, and in particular for setting up The AcSEED Initiative which recognises schools providing high quality emotional wellbeing and mental health support. Read full story ...

Picture: AcSEED founder Charlotte (right) receives her award from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.


AcSEED supports YoungMinds VS

25th January 2014

YoungMinds VS The AcSEED Initiative, in partnership with YoungMinds, supports the mental health and wellbeing of young people in schools, and will be supporting the YoungMinds VS program.

AcSEED founder Charlotte was invited to attend the official launch of YoungMinds VS at The House of Commons on Monday 20th January 2014. The launch included pledges of support from Frankie Sandford of girl band The Saturdays and leader of the opposition Ed Miliband.

Picture: AcSEED founder Charlotte (right) with Frankie Sandford of girl band The Saturdays.


AcSEED Thinks BIG

9th June 2013

The AcSEED Initiative is working with O2 Think Big to run a targeted event for school teachers to help increase awareness and understand the importance of Emotional Wellbeing. The half day event will include speakers from Heath and Education plus a young person with direct personal experience of mental illness.

Progress can be tracked on our O2 Think Big Project Page.


AcSEED Collaborate with Samaritans

6th May 2013

AcSEED are delighted to be working with Samaritans to develop their school education resources. The materials will be reviewed by volunteers from The AcSEED Initiative with the aim of making the already thorough resources even more engaging.


The AcSEED Film

3rd May 2013

With the support of Fixers, The AcSEED Initiative has released a short film promoting the importance of supporting the emotional wellbeing of students. Shot in the style of a news reel, the film focuses on the facts of mental illness with an interesting twist to conclude. The film is targeted at school staff and will be premiered in front of Hampshire teachers later this year.


The AcSEED Website goes Live!

30th March 2013

The AcSEED Website will provide a focal point for news and information related to The AcSEED Initiative and The AcSEED Award. At launch the website aso includes blogs, video blogs, and a range of shared experiences which will continue to grow over time. Contributions to the website are always welcome (see the Contact Us page), and we hope this growing resource will help to educate and motivate many people on supporting emotional wellbeing in schools.


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