Tidworth area schools which have gone above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils have been recognised at a special event this month.
Five schools in the Tidworth area recently completed our Healthy Schools Programme and attended a celebration event this month 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.
At the celebration event at Wellington Academy each school gained bronze Healthy Schools accreditation. Their participation in the programme was supported by funding from the Tidworth Area Board who facilitated additional training and support for local schools.
Cabinet member for children’s services Laura Mayes said: “I’m pleased to see so many schools are involved in this important programme which promotes the health and wellbeing of our pupils in exciting ways which inspire the children to be involved.
“I’d like to congratulate all the schools for achieving these awards for their commitment and innovation which has made their programmes a success.”
Chairman of Tidworth Area Board Chris Williams said: “As an area board we thought it was important to help fund this important work. The schools have used innovative ways to implement this in their schools and inspire the children. I’m very pleased so many have achieved this level and congratulations to all involved.”
Andy Bridewell, headteacher of Ludgershall Castle Primary said: “I know I speak for all the other headteachers in our cluster when I say how much we appreciate our schools’ involvement in the Healthy Schools initiative. We all know that a child’s education isn’t just about developing academic skills; learning about healthy life styles from an early age is more likely to have a positive impact, not just for the children, but for their families as well, and the structure provided by ‘Healthy Schools’ ensures that many pupils and their families benefit.”
Currently 73 schools have Wiltshire Healthy Schools at bronze, silver or gold level. A total of 116 schools are taking part in the programme with more signed up to join later this month. The Tidworth area schools all achieving bronze level are Castle Primary School, Ludgershall, Clarendon Infants School, Clarendon Junior School, Collingbourne CofE Primary School and The Wellington Academy.
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 our Healthy Schools programme can be found at http://www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org/about/