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SWIM Room Launch

Thursday 6 February saw the official opening of the academy's new 'stress-busting space' for students called the SWIM room.  This was timed to coincided with Children's Mental Health Week UK which runs from 3 - 9 February 2020.

Launching the new space, called a 'Support With Individuals' Mental Health' or 'SWIM' room, assistant principal Cathy Cook explained: "Divided into two areas, one blue and one green, the SWIM room links with our mental health initiative after our research showed students wanted access to a private calm, comfortable and relaxing space."

Funding for the project came from the Ipswich Opportunity Area scheme (IOA), which aims to ensure all young people in Ipswich can fulfil their potential, regardless of their background. Westbourne is one of 18 schools in Ipswich under the government-backed initiative.

You can read the article here on the Ipswich Star online:

Ipswich Star Online - SWIM Room Launch

The full printed version is available to download here.

For more information about Place2Be's mental health awareness week visit their website here: Children's Mental Health Week