A TRANQUIL haven will provide pupils and staff the chance to prioritise their mental health during a busy day.

Mowden Hall School, in Stocksfield, launched a bespoke space titled The Treehouse, themed around a calming jungle atmosphere, after recognising the importance of mental health in the modern world.

Mowden Hall's assistant head (Pastoral), Phil Sturt, said: "Solid foundations in mental wellbeing allow our children to flourish academically, excel in sports, and thrive in their social lives.

"The Treehouse embodies our commitment to fostering a supportive environment where students can prioritize their mental health."

The concept for The Treehouse originated from the school's dedicated wellbeing ambassadors, a group of twelve students involved in promoting mental health awareness, who recognised the need for a quiet space during the school's schedule.

The Treehouse offers activities for students and staff. Students can enjoy board games, jigsaw puzzles, or socialize with friends during lunch breaks.

Staff members can relax, attend meetings, or hold quiet work sessions in The Treehouse.

"The Treehouse is more than just a physical space," explains Mr. Sturt. "It's a symbol of our commitment to open communication about mental health and equipping our students with the tools they need to navigate life's challenges."