Callum is the Happiest Pupil – official

St Matthew’s School has been associated with Laughology for around five years. We were the first ever Happy Centred School, piloting ideas and strategies, alongside Laughology’s experts in pupil and staff well-being, to create a programme that is now being implemented in many schools around the country.

Laughology celebrated its tenth anniversary in November 2016 with the launch of the first Laughology National Happiness Awards presented at a special ceremony in London with St Matthew’s scooping TWO AWARDS on the night.

For the 2017 National Happiness Awards, Laughology introduced a new award category – Happiest Pupil – and we are proud to announce that one of our own Year 5 pupils, Callum Carr from Kingfisher Class, was the overall national winner.

Callum was nominated by teachers from St Matthew’s for his bright, cheerful and happy outlook on life, despite his having to manage some difficult health problems.

Callum and his family, accompanied by staff from St Matthew’s, attended the awards presentation evening at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in London.

Callum receiving his Happiest Pupil award
Callum celebrating with Laughology founder and CEO Stephanie Davies
Callum celebrating with his mum and younger brother, Evan
Callum celebrating with his Year 3, 4, and 5 teachers – Mr Patterson, Miss Perera and Mrs Ahmed
Callum preparing for his post-awards interview

Reaction on Twitter following Callum’s win…

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The excitement is not yet over for Callum. On Wednesday this week, he will be making a visit to the studios of BBC Three Counties Radio in Dunstable for an interview. We will bring you all the news of that event later in the week.


Callum went over to the BBC Three Counties Radio studios this afternoon with his mum and Mr Patterson, where they met Nick Coffer, presenter of the afternoon programme.

You can listen to the interview here…

And here are a few photos taken during Callum’s visit.


  1. Wow Callum … I’ve just listened to you talking to Nick Coffer on the radio, with your mum and Mr Patterson (aka Iain) and I am so proud of how you talked, there would have been thousands of people listening thinking ‘Wow!’ too… Your mum and Mr Patterson were pretty good too! You truly are a credit to your family and our school 🙂 Ms Thomas x

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