ALMOST 50 members of staff at a town secondary school have been rewarded for their hard work in training on adult and youth mental health.
Colleagues at High Tunstall College of Science, in the town, received the Mark of Excellence from Mental Health First Aid England - a national organisation working within education, business and industry to promote the issue.
The school is the first in the town to receive the award and is one of just five throughout the North-East to be handed the accolade.
Over the past five years dedicated staff including teachers, classroom assistants, student welfare officers and office staff have completed the training on adult and youth mental health.
Melanie Siddell, assistant headteacher, said: “All staff are committed to looking after the emotional health and well-being of every student in our care.
“We believe that the well-being of staff is also very important so that we can support our students effectively and consistently.
“Winning this award has delighted staff – it is always good to see that your hard work is recognised and commended beyond the school gates.
“However, we are not complacent – we have another 18 staff signed up for the next round of training.”