A former Ellesmere College student has won national recognition for the provision of mental
health for her peers.
Elin Jones, 19, who attended Ellesmere College has been named Rising Star in the Independent
Schools of the Year Awards 2022, which recognise
and celebrate inspiring work.
Elin, from Wrexham, was given the award after her dedication,
tireless campaigning and legacy for the ongoing mental health awareness and support programme
she set up at Ellesmere College.
arranged funding for more than 35 staff and students to receive Mental Health
Awareness training, set up a Wellness Suite at
the school - a haven for children to have quiet time, reflection and support -
and organised various charity days in aid of Young Minds and International
Mental Health Day.
legacy of Elin's is an integrated and ongoing school wide programme - MHESS –
Mental Health at Ellesmere Support System, which she developed and grew not
long after joining Ellesmere College in the Sixth Form.
L-t-R: Mr Brendan Wignall and Elin Jones, Rising Star Award Winner
Brendan Wignall said: "We are immensely proud of Elin, who thoroughly deserves
own personal experience of severe depression through her teenage years, she has
made a huge impact on life here at Ellesmere. Her work
ensuring a whole school approach to supporting and helping students of all ages
with mental health issues of any size of severity was made all the more
important during the Covid years where mental health issues amongst students
and young people saw an exponential rise."
is implemented with the assistance of the Nursing Staff, Pastoral Heads and
Director of Rugby Alex Murphy, a trained counsellor who understand the impact of mental health after his professional playing
career ended following an injury.
monitors, helps and advises students with issues such as academic and exam stress as
well as other issues and is designed to
safeguard all aspects of the mental health of any young
adult and act as a safety net to avoid situations
from potentially worsening.
Time to talk (TTT) sessions were initiated with school nurses and Lower School
developed a kindness tree and a problem box to help the younger pupils share
positive caring acts and also their worries.
legacy sees the school continue to train new sixth formers and staff who to maintain that commitment to the emotional wellbeing of the pupils.
added: "This award is for students who overcome
adversity or materially exceed normal expectations and Elin is the epitome of
"As a top priority already within our
Pastoral Care System through Housemasters, Housemothers and Tutors, nurturing
the mental health of our students took another step forward with the
implementation of MHESS. Elin's
incredible interpersonal skills has enabled everyone at Ellesmere to embrace
open conversations, information sharing and provide appropriate help and
run by Independent School Parent magazine, were held at the Royal Thames Yacht
Club in London on October 11.
was one of five finalists in the category and David Moncrieff, Chair of the
Editorial Advisory Board at Independent School Parent, said: "The last two
years have been one of the most challenging periods in education, but as we
move forward into 2022 our independent schools are regrouping and refocusing
with their accustomed energy and commitment.
the challenges they have faced, the independent school sector has continued to
deliver an unrivalled education to its students, delivering the best possible
student experience. Delivering
and supporting student excellence lies at the heart of each award."
please visit: MHESS at Ellesmere College
13th October 2022 Back to News