The holistic approach staff at Callywith College take to supporting students has been officially recognised.

The college on the outskirts of Bodmin has been awarded Trauma Informed and Mentally Healthy School (TIS) status following an assessment.

All staff have been trained in the TIS approach and student support team members have undertaken a diploma in trauma and mental health.

Assistant principal for student experience Jen Temple, who is the college senior mental health lead, said: “We are delighted to be awarded Trauma Informed School status and the feedback we received from assessors reflects our whole college approach to supporting our students to achieve their full potential and fulfil their goals.”

The assessors said: “Relationships are at the heart of the work of the college. From the second students arrive they are met by adults who are invested in them and want to make a difference. This is evident in the way that adults talk to students, share humour with them and engage with them throughout the day.

“The academic environment is vibrant and engaging, every student is encouraged and supported to achieve their potential and access destinations of choice. Barriers to learning are removed and all staff go the extra mile for the students.”

Student services lead Jamie Crowle said: “I’m incredibly proud of our amazing students, staff team and the culture we have established at Callywith. 

“Our aim has always been for our students to not only gain qualifications, but to leave us as well-rounded, well-informed and resilient young people. 

“We can only do that by building positive relationships with them and supporting them holistically.”