Aspire Academy Trust
Posted on: 10/05/2019

Penryn gains prestigious TMHIS Award

Following a comprehensive submission to Trauma Informed Schools UK (TIS UK), and a subsequent visit by a Trauma and Mental Health-Informed Schools (TMHIS) assessor, Penryn Primary Academy becomes the first primary school in England to be awarded the prestigious Trauma and Mental Health Informed School Award.


The award recognises the high standard of inclusion practice demonstrated by Penryn staff, in supporting adults and children with trauma and mental health difficulties. The aim is for all 28 Aspire academies to achieve this recognised status by 2022.  

Susan Costello, Director of Inclusion for the Trust, comments, “We are delighted for the entire Penryn community and sincerely thank all staff at the academy as well as Julie Harmieson, TMHIS leader for the Aspire Lead Inclusion Team, for their dedication and hard work in achieving this award. 

"The vital work ongoing across all 27 Cornish academies demonstrates the Trust’s clear and unwavering commitment to its vulnerable children, ensuring that, in the words of TiS UK, ‘we catch them as they are falling not after they have fallen’.”

Trauma-Informed Schools UK is an organisation committed to improving the health and wellbeing and ability to learn of the most vulnerable schoolchildren in the UK, namely those who have suffered trauma, abuse, neglect and/or have mental health problems or attachment issues.  Its aim is to provide appropriate training for schools, communities, and organisations so that they become trauma-informed and mentally healthy places for all. 


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