Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, has been shortlisted in this year’s Place2Be ‘Wellbeing in Schools Awards’ in the category of Progress Award. Place2Be has been working with Francis Holland School since 2015, supporting children with their mental health improvement.

Run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the awards recognise the passion, determination and hard work that goes into the delivery of mental health and wellbeing support in the charity’s partner schools across the country. Place2Be Chief Executive Catherine Roche said:

“All too often we are surrounded by stories of children’s mental health in crisis. Sadly, we hear less about the brilliant efforts made every day to support children and young people in UK schools. To redress this, Place2Be’s Wellbeing in Schools Awards recognise and showcase the remarkable work and commitment to promote mental health across our partner schools in the UK.”

Lucy Elphinstone, Headmistress of Francis Holland School, Sloane Square said:

“I am honoured that the focus we place on the wellbeing of pupils and staff at Francis Holland is being recognised by Place2Be. Building resilience and helping children manage anxiety, pressure and depression are priorities for us and it is wonderful to see families transformed through the support of our counsellors.”


This award recognises the school community that has made significant progress on the path to becoming a mentally healthy school. Those who reached the finals demonstrated awareness and engagement across all members of staff; engagement with and involvement of parents/carers; engagement with and involvement of pupils/students; proactive efforts to develop children and young people’s resilience – both in and out of the classroom; targeted support on site for those identified with mental health needs; proactive efforts to support staff wellbeing.