TWO Keighley-district primary schools have won recognition for their work supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff and students.

East Morton CE Primary School has earned a Healthy Minds Chartermark gold award, and Cullingworth Village Primary has achieved the silver accolade.

Both schools, part of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, received high praise for their efforts.

The Healthy Minds report describes East Morton as "a school which radiates love and care for its community", adding "there is an ingrained ethos of love and inclusion that is seen and felt across the school. Throughout the curriculum there is an underlying thread of love, kindness and community".

Headteacher, Anne Proctor, says: "This recognition is testament to the collective efforts of our dedicated staff, supportive parents and of course our exceptional children. It fills my heart with immense pride to see our school's commitment to promoting the wellbeing of every child acknowledged with this gold award."

Cullingworth Village Primary was described as having "a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere", and the report added "there is a clear whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing which is outstanding".

The school's mental health lead, Louise Woofindin, says: "We are delighted to have achieved the Healthy Minds Chartermark. Wellbeing and emotional support has been a school priority for many years. We're pleased that our strong culture and ethos to support wellbeing has been recognised."

A third primary school from the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, The Academy at St James in Bradford, also received a silver award.

The presentations were made by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Gerry Barker, in a ceremony at the Midland Hotel in the city.

Carol Dewhurst, chief executive of the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, said she was "incredibly proud" to see the schools recognised for their work.

She added: "Reflecting the academy trust's values of compassion and wellbeing, each school has worked hard to ensure that they have developed as a nurturing environment to support the holistic development and wellbeing of children, supporting them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

"At the trust, inclusion, compassion and caring for each other are hugely important in how we operate and look after one another. We don’t need badges to know how well we look after each other, but this recognition is a well-deserved testament to the hard work and ethos of the staff and students we are lucky to have within our schools."