The Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 came to a glittering conclusion on Friday, 18th November, 2016, when the happiest people and places in the UK were honoured at a ceremony in London.

The awards were staged to celebrate Laughology’s tenth anniversary and to recognise like-minded people and places who harness the power of happiness to improve lives.

The winners of the National Happiness awards 2016, chosen by an independent panel of judges, were:

Vice Principal of Silverdale Primary Academy Stuart McLean celebrates with his colleagues

Happiest School: Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex.

Silverdale Primary Academy impressed judges with its commitment to creating a happy environment for staff and pupils. Initiatives include a website to track pupil happiness and a year-round competition to ensure happiness stays at the forefront of school life. Pupils even go to other schools to tell them how to be happier.

Stuart McLean Vice Principal of Silverdale Primary Academy said: “It is a tremendous accolade and validates the work we do in the school which is based on positivity and happiness, which is embedded in all we do with our children and staff. We couldn’t ask for a better team of staff and children at the Academy and that’s what it’s all about for us.”

Jane Thomas, headteacher of St Matthew's Primary School, the happiest Headteacher in the UK

Happiest Teacher: Jane Thomas, St Matthew’s School, Luton.

Jane Thomas runs the UK’s first Happy-centred school and places pupil well-being and happiness above all else. She has introduced a school curriculum which runs alongside the National Curriculum and encourages important childhood experiences, such as making mud pies and going to the theatre.

She said: “It’s humbling to win because it is really a team effort. Happiness is the keystone of any school. Children don’t want to come to school if they don’t feel safe, listened to, and happy. If they don’t feel like they can succeed and thrive they don’t want to learn. The awards have been amazing. To have so many like-minded people in the same room has been overwhelming.”

Happiest Workplace: The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria.

Happiest Workplace: The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria.

The Outward Bound Trust’s commitment to staff happiness and well-being impressed judges. Described as an amazing and inspiring place to work, the Trust has developed an initiative called ‘The Way We Work Together’. It enshrines and encourages values of mutual respect, autonomy, engagement and inclusiveness.

Francesca Scott, Outward Bound Trust Head of People Strategy, said: “We are over the moon because we’ve worked really hard to make the Outward Bound Trust somewhere where people really want to come and work. There were some amazing businesses in the awards so it was brilliant to win.”

Rob Smith of The Outward Bound Trust; Britain's happiest employee

Happiest Employee: Rob Smith, The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria.

The Outward Bound Trust’s commitment to staff happiness and well-being impressed judges. Described as an amazing and inspiring place to work, the Trust has developed an initiative called ‘The Way We Work Together’. It enshrines and encourages values of mutual respect, autonomy, engagement and inclusiveness.

Francesca Scott, Outward Bound Trust Head of People Strategy, said: “We are over the moon because we’ve worked really hard to make the Outward Bound Trust somewhere where people really want to come and work. There were some amazing businesses in the awards so it was brilliant to win.”

The full list of 2016 winners and runners up are:

Happiest Business or Organisation

  • 1. The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria
  • 2. Spencers Solicitors, Chesterfield

JOINT THIRD PLACE

  • 3. Edelman UK, London
  • 3. giffgaff, Slough

Happiest Leader, Manager or Employee

  • 1. Rob Smith, The Outward Bound Trust, Gwynedd

JOINT SECOND PLACE

  • 2. Ruth Thomas, Westwood Early Years Centre, Flintshire Early Years and Family Support Service
  • 2. Martin Cooper, The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

Happiest School

  • 1. Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea
  • 2. St. Matthew’s Primary School, Luton
  • 3. Highfield South Farnham, Farnham, Surrey

Happiest Teacher, Headteacher or Support Staff

  • 1. Jane Thomas, St. Matthew’s Primary School

JOINT SECOND PLACE

  • 2. Ian Melloy, Heathfields Infant School, Tamworth
  • 2. Gregory West, Highfield South Farnham
The 2016 awards were sponsored by Herman Miller and Crown House Publishing and supported by government happiness adviser Sir Anthony Seldon who said: “The awards are important because they recognise that happiness is not just a nebulous concept. It is a vital component in the human condition that needs to be encouraged and nurtured in all areas of life.”

Laughology founder and CEO, Stephanie Davies, said: “Our winners and all our finalists have been amazing. The awards are our way of recognising and honouring those in the UK who, like us, are making the world a better place through happiness. I’ve been blown away by the reaction to the first ever Happiness Awards and this will now become an annual event that we know will grow bigger and bigger each year.

“They have captured the imagination of people and organisations across the UK and they prove that both business and education take happiness seriously.”

Watch the 2016 winners and runners-up talk about their awards

Happiest headteacher

Jane Thomas, headteacher of St Matthew's Primary School, the happiest Headteacher in the UK 

Happiest organisation or business

The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria.

Happiest school

Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea, East Sussex. 

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Gallery of the winners and runners-up from the National Happiness Awards 2016

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NOMIANTIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NATIONAL HAPPINESS AWARDS 2017

  • Nominations deadline:
    Nominations close at midnight on Friday, 20th October, 2017
  • Awards ceremony:
    Friday, 17th November, 2017
  • Venue:
    CIPD Wimbledon, 151 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1JQ

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