Schools which have gone above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils have been recognised at a special event.
Fifteen primary and secondary schools recently completed the Wiltshire Council run Healthy Schools Programme and were invited to a ceremony at Greentrees Primary School in Salisbury to collect a special plaque marking their achievements.
The programme accredits schools that have provided evidence to show how their provision effectively supports the health and wellbeing of their pupils. Schools can work towards bronze, silver or gold levels to achieve Wiltshire Healthy Schools status. To be accredited schools need to meet certain standards based on local and national priorities.
Cabinet member for children’s services Laura Mayes said: “I’m pleased to see so many schools getting involved in this important programme which promotes the health and wellbeing of our pupils.
“I’d like to congratulate all the schools for achieving these awards. They have really come up with some unique ideas to promote good habits and caring attitudes and they are a real credit to all involved.”
Greentrees Primary School achieved silver status after a number of successful activities including increasing the cookery skills of pupils while at school, which many have also been using at home.
Queen’s Crescent School, which also achieved silver level, increased sun safety behaviours and appointed pupil Healthy School Ambassadors to help significantly reduce the consumption of unhealthy snacks during the school day.
A total of 57 schools have current Wiltshire Healthy Schools at bronze, silver or gold level. A total of 118 schools are currently taking part to achieve the programme with more due to join later in 2017.
Other schools receiving the award this time include Aloeric Primary School where pupils have successfully used a pupil buddy system and created Learning Champions.
Southwick Primary School involve children in promoting e-safety and physical activity recycling. Sutton Veney School have promoted good oral health and improved the road safety skills of children.
The multiagency group granting the awards includes police, school health nurses, school representatives, Wiltshire & Swindon Sports Partnership and others. The council and agencies support the schools as they work towards the standards.
The local programme supports schools and provides information on key actions that can be taken as well as training. The progress of schools is monitored and how it is positively impacting on the young people.
Further information about Wiltshire Council’s Healthy Schools programme can be found at http://www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org/about/