We are pleased to report that we have been accredited with the AcSEED award. The AcSEED Initiative is a charitable organisation exclusively focused on promoting the need for high quality emotional wellbeing and mental health support in UK schools and colleges, and provides recognition through The AcSEED Award to those organisations that can demonstrate their commitment to such support. Founded by young people with lived experience of wellbeing challenges at school, the wellbeing framework defined by AcSEED encourages a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health support.


"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 Alder Community High School, by their comprehensive mental health and wellbeing provisions, and by their extensive staff training. We are therefore delighted to announce that Alder Community High School has been accredited with The AcSEED Award".


The AcSEED review team were particularly impressed with:

  • Emotional wellbeing support booklet;
  • Dedicated ‘counselling room’;
  • ‘Adopt a Year 11’ scheme;
  • Headway hub;
  • Non-teaching Progress Leaders;
  • Excellent wellbeing support available for specific vulnerable groups;
  • Large number of staff trained to ‘Level 2 Mental Health Awareness’;
  • Health and well-being day for staff;
  • Compulsory attendance for staff to MIND sessions;
  • Parent awareness raising session;
  • Part of Greater Manchester IThrive development.