The shortlist for the Laughology Happiness Awards 2016 has been announced.

Our independent panel of judges assessed over 210 entries and have chosen the three finalists for each of the four categories and commended all on the quality of their nominations.

It gives us great pleasure to reveal the shortlist:

HAPPIEST SCHOOL

St. Matthew’s Primary School, Luton

What the nominators said:
“Childhood is precious, and whilst we have our statutory duties to deliver, we can deliver them with fun, laughter, resilience and responsibility. Happy and successful school days have to be a school’s legacy. This is our mission.”

Highfield South Farnham, Farnham

What the nominators said:
“The children are so happy, it’s a battle to get them to come home in the afternoons. The teachers chat to them and the parents. It’s all so relaxed and happy.”

Silverdale Primary Academy, St Leonards-on-sea

What the nominators said:
“The awareness and promotion of positivity runs through everything we do and is understood by all our community. Every class in the school has a display that reinforces this value – we choose to shine.”

HAPPIEST TEACHER, HEADTEACHER OR SUPPORT STAFF

 Ian Melloy, Headteacher, Heathfields Infant School, Tamworth

What the nominators said:
“Mr Melloy helped organise a big event for Kindness Day last year; children had a Kindness assembly that opened with all the teachers singing Bruno Mars ‘Count on Me’ to the children. Mr Melloy, you truly deserve this award.”

Jane Thomas, Headteacher, St. Matthew’s Primary School, Luton

What the nominators said:
“Over the last six years Jane has crafted a community of children, families and colleagues where everyone is immersed in fun, humour and creativity.”

Gregory West, Headteacher, Highfield South Farnham, Farnham

What the nominators said:
“The children know he does his best for them. He will read a book to them when they are sick waiting for their parents to collect them, comfort nervous newbies and always makes time for parents.”

HAPPIEST ORGANISATION OR BUSINESS

Spencers Solicitors, Chesterfield

What the nominators said:
“After communicating the awards within the business, seven employees were nominated separately and independently by their peers, which is characteristic of Spencers.”

The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

What the nominators said:
 “It is an amazing and inspiring place to work. We have an initiative called ‘The Way We Work Together’ and the organisation has grown with these values consistently promoted.”

giffgaff, Slough

What the nominators said:
“We have dedicated ‘Ministries’ for Development, Sport, good times, Health & Wellbeing and good deeds (charity). These act as ideation platforms to drive engagement.”

Edelman UK, London

What the nominators said:
“People are our most prized asset and we’re passionate about keeping them motivated, challenged and, above all, happy.”

HAPPIEST LEADER, MANAGER OR EMPLOYEE

Ruth Thomas, Flintshire Early Years and Family Support Service, Flintshire

What the nominators said:
“She brightens up the office with her humour and contagious laugh. Colleagues are frequently heard saying that every office needs a Ruth. We value her greatly.”

Rob Smith, The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

What the nominators said:
“Never a dull moment, particularly when he’s put on the spot to share a joke at the end of tedious meetings.”

What the nominators said:
“He is definitely the most inspiring and down to earth boss I have ever had the pleasure to work with and he absolutely deserves some recognition for all he puts into his work.”

Martin Cooper, The Outward Bound Trust, Cumbria

What the nominators said:

“He is definitely the most inspiring and down to earth boss I have ever had the pleasure to work with and he absolutely deserves some recognition for all he puts into his work.”

With just a week to go until the award ceremony, anticipation is rising. 

Laughology CEO Stephanie Davies said: "It's been wonderful to see the positive reaction to the awards. Everyone who nominated and all the nominees deserve thanks and recognition for striving to create positive change in people's lives through happiness."

 

  • Created on .

Learning and development news

Laughology case study: How we created a new online programme for Fujitsu’s 115 graduates

Laughology case study: How we created a new online programme for Fujitsu’s 115 graduates

We’re really proud of the work we do, especially when we’ve tried something new. 

Read more

Meet the new Laughology learning and development trainers

Meet the new Laughology learning and development trainers

We are delighted to announce two new expert consultants and facilitators on the team. In keeping with Laughology tradition, they are both called Sarah.

Read more

Menopause awareness workshop at the British Heart Foundation

Menopause awareness workshop at the British Heart Foundation

Laura Drury was invited to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to deliver a menopause in the workplace awareness workshop for their quarterly wellbeing champions meeting.

Read more

Playfulness, improv and creative thinking workshop at Giffgaff

Playfulness, improv and creative thinking workshop at Giffgaff

The third Monday of every January is traditionally called Blue Monday. It is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. In reality it is a bit of a gimmick.

Read more

Diversity and inclusion workshop at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Diversity and inclusion workshop at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

To help get perspective on diversity and inclusion, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service asked Laughology to deliver a 90-minute session on unconscious bias. The session was intended to enlighten current staff about the unconscious biases we all have but rarely recognise. These can have an impact on the way individuals and organisation make decisions. The sessions tackle what can be a sensitive subject in a fun and non-judgemental way, thereby allowing open discussion and the exchange of ideas and thoughts. The session was a resounding success with feedback describing it as: ‘inspiring and thought-provoking’.

Read more

Growth mindset ad FLIP It Thinking at Watford FC Community and Sports Education Trust

Growth mindset ad FLIP It Thinking at Watford FC Community and Sports Education Trust

Have you ever wanted to sit in presenter Gaby Roslin’s seat or walk a mile in Sky Sports’ Kelly Cates’ high heels?

Read more

Growth Mindset at BOC

Growth Mindset at BOC

Laura Drury joined in the festive spirit at BOC when she was invited to the firm’s end of year away day and Christmas celebrations to add some Growth Mindset magic.

Read more

Comedy Charity Night for Claire House Hospice

Comedy Charity Night for Claire House Hospice

Back in November, Kerry Leigh hosted the annual Laughology Comedy Awards to raise much-needed funds for Claire House Hospice in Liverpool. 

Read more

Growth mindset for Fusion 21

Growth mindset for Fusion 21

Fusion 21, a company that delivers efficiencies in public sector procurement, engaged Laughology for a half-day growth mindset workshop last month.

Read more

Stephanie Davies’s alternative Christmas message

In Stephanie Davies’s alternative Christmas message she talks about the 2019 highlights, give some top tips for 2020 and says thank you for a great year. 

Read more

Our very own Stephanie Davies is the new columnist for Training Journal Magazine

Our very own Stephanie Davies is the new columnist for Training Journal Magazine

Her new column 'Last Laugh', takes a look at the weird and wonderful world of Learning and Development, what to take seriously, what not to and how to manage some of the challenges we face in the world of learning and work with humour and a smile.

Read more

Laughology launch new relationship education resources with a happy school discounted price

Laughology launch new relationship education resources with a happy school discounted price

Our Laughology educationalists have been busy creating new Relationships Education (RE) lessons and resources to add to our successful Happy-Centred School (HCS) PSHE programme.

Read more

FLIP it at the University of East London

FLIP it at the University of East London

Making the transition from full-time education to the wonderful world of work can be tricky. Recent research suggests that children who play Mary and Joseph in their school nativity will go on to be more content and higher-earning in the workplace than, for example, an angel or a donkey.

Read more

FLIP it Thinking for BDO UK

FLIP it Thinking for BDO UK

The only time Dave Keeling finds himself in the middle of a field is when he goes camping with the family.

Read more

Science of Happiness Keynote at Scottish Water

Science of Happiness Keynote at Scottish Water

Having appeared in Downton Abbey, Lead Happiness Consultant Dave Keeling felt right at home when he received an invitation to Airth Castle in Scotland.

Read more

Growth Mindset Keynote at Siemens

Growth Mindset Keynote at Siemens

Kerry Leigh delivered a Growth Mindset keynote to 180 leaders at a Siemens Leadership conference in Manchester last month.

Read more

We can help you create a customer experience that stands out and helps your brand be truly loved.

We can help you create a customer experience that stands out and helps your brand be truly loved.

Some brands are barely tolerated, some are adored. The difference between the two extremes is customer experience.

Read more

Laughter at Lunch for RSM World Day

Laughter at Lunch for RSM World Day

Laughologist Dave Keeling likes lots of things. But two things he really likes are laughter and lunch.

Read more

Mental health and culture change at GC Engage Europe

Mental health and culture change at GC Engage Europe

Sarah Creegan travelled to Dublin (home of her favourite tipple), to deliver mental health and culture change workshops at the prestigious GC Engage Europe 2019 conference, a pan-European gathering of leading general counsel.

Read more

Growth mindset at Fujitsu

Growth mindset at Fujitsu

Kerry Leigh delivered a half-day growth mindset session to 150 Fujitsu graduates.

Read more

Ask us a question

You can call us on 0844 800 1701, or use this form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
* Required field





Email me your regular Laughology bulletin
Message:*
characters remaining





SIGN UP FOR REAL FAKE NEWS!

WE PROMISE TO ONLY SHARE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH THE RUSSIANS AND DONALD TRUMP
Sign up to our regular Laughology bulletin

Laughology
Suite 869, Kemp House,
152 - 160 City Road,
London EC1V 2NX

T: 0844 800 1701
E: Laughology
F: 0208 337 9262