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One of the world's top 20 happiest schools


One of the world's top 20 happiest schools

A school in South Derbyshire, UK, has been named one of the world's top 20 happiest schools, with its students even spreading joy by posting caring cards through the doors of neighbouring homes.


The village's Coton-in-the-Elms Primary School, on Elmslea Avenue, has been designated as an outstandingly happy school, receiving a gold accolade as part of the Brilliant School Award, making it one of just 20 schools in the world to do so.


Dr Andy Cope, a best-selling children's book and founder of the 'Art of Brilliance' project for schools, created the Brilliant School Award.


The Brilliant School curriculum focuses on children's, staff's, and the wider school community's wellbeing, emphasising skills such as resilience, positivity, and being the best version of yourself every day - all of which contribute to our happiness.


Pupils at the school participated in various exercises and activities, including going out into the neighbourhood and performing acts of kindness, such as making positive message cards and posting them on people's doors to make them smile.


They also made 'happy posters,' did litter picking in the neighbourhood, and washed cars to spread happiness.

Lee Smith, the headteacher at the school, said: "It's a great feeling to be awarded an outstandingly happy school and the fact that we are one in 20 of the world makes it even sweeter. We will be continuing the importance of wellbeing and tailoring our award system in the future. The values will very much be a part of the school going forward and I believe the new methods of learning will have a huge impact on our children".


The initial lockdown helped the students prepare for the interruption and stay optimistic and upbeat.


The Brilliant School curriculum has gotten parents and kids to think about approaching problems with a different mentality. Approaching problems this way teaches the children to be resilient and have a favourable impact on their schooling. The community, staff, and parents were all involved, and everyone contributed in some way.

The students were also taught essential life skills, such as the value of happiness and its impact on others. They were encouraged to become two percenters and adjust their attitudes to be more positive and pleasant, rather than mood hoovers who make others miserable and drag others down with their negative attitude.