Healthy School Policy

Realizing the potential of every child in a caring, Christian environment

1. Our Vision

1.1 We want all children and young people to be healthy and achieve at school and in life. We believe that by providing opportunities at school for enhancing emotional and physical health, we will improve long term health, reduce health inequalities, increase social inclusion and raise achievement for all.

2. Our Aims

To deliver real benefits for children and young people, specifically:

2.1 To support children and young people in developing healthy behaviours and lifestyles

2.2 To help raise the achievement of children and young people

2.3 To help reduce health inequalities

2.4 To help promote social inclusion

3. Our Targets

The Government has set a target that all schools will be participating in the National Healthy Schools Programme by 2009 and that 75 percent of schools will have achieved National Healthy School Status.

The National Healthy Schools Programme ensures a range of outcomes in respect of improvement in health and reduced health inequalities; raised pupil achievement; greater social inclusion and increased working between health promotion providers and education establishments.

3.1 “A healthy lifestyle will help you perform better in school and life”

3.2 “A healthy school is an inclusive and successful school”

3.3 “A healthy school has more effective liaison with parents and carers”

3.4 “Children and young people in healthy schools report a range of positive behaviours such as diminished fear of bullying and a reduced likelihood of using illegal drugs”

3.5 “A healthy school has more effective liaison between home and school, and school and external support agencies”

3.6 “Healthy schools are making improvements at a rate faster than schools nationally, in a number of ways, including quality of personal, social and health education (PSHE) programme, management of behaviour and support of children and young people”

3.7 “A healthy school is one where children and young people achieve the outcomes within the Every Child Matters framework.”

4. The National Healthy Schools Programme & Every Child Matters

4.1 Every Child Matters: Change for Children is a comprehensive approach to the well-being of children and young people from birth to age 19. It places national outcomes for children and young people firmly at the centre of all policies and approaches involving children’s services.

4.2 The five outcomes for children and young people are:

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve through learning
  • Make a positive contribution to society
  • Achieve economic well-being

4.3 Every Child Matters expects schools to work together in more integrated and effective ways. It also encourages children and young people to have more say about issues that affect them as individuals and collectively. There are direct links between the criteria for the National Healthy School Status and the five Every Child Matters outcomes, schools achieving National Healthy School Status can demonstrate how they are working to the five outcomes.

5. The Whole School Approach

5.1 Central to the National Healthy Schools Programme is the whole school approach. Achieving National Healthy School Status recognises that being healthy is not just about children and young people, it is about the whole school community. And it’s not just what happens in the curriculum, it’s about the entire school day.

5.2 There are 10 elements to the whole school approach:

  • Leadership, management and managing change
  • Policy development
  • Curriculum planning and work with outside agencies
  • Teaching and learning
  • School culture and environment
  • Giving children and young people a voice
  • Provision of pupil support services
  • Staff professional development needs, health and welfare
  • Partnerships with parents/carers and local communities
  • Assessing recording and reporting children and young peoples’ achievement

6. The National Healthy Schools Programme has four themes.

6.1 The four core themes relate to both the school curriculum and the emotional and physical learning environment in school. Each theme includes a number of criteria that schools need to fulfil in order to achieve National Healthy School Status.

7. Personal, Social and Health Education

including Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Drug Education (including alcohol, tobacco and volatile substance abuse)

7.1 Our school has a separate PSHE policy and scheme of work.

7.2 Our school has separate policies for sex and relationship education and drugs education.

7.3 Our school operates a No Smoking policy.

7.4 There are notices to inform people of this throughout the premises.

7.5 PSHE contributes significantly to all five national outcomes for children being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing

7.6 PSHE provides children and with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives

Breakfast Club8. Healthy Eating

8.1 Healthy eating contributes significantly to the being healthy national outcome for children

8.2 Children have the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to make healthy food choices

8.3 Our school has a team of kitchen staff who prepare freshly cooked meals using healthy ingredients.

8.4 Our school operates a daily snack shop at break times where children can buy healthy food. Any snacks bought from home must be healthy and therefore we do not permit chocolate, sweets or crisps.

8.5 Children in Key Stage 1 are provided with fruit daily (Government free fruit scheme) and it is the responsibility of the classteacher to ensure all children have access to this fruit daily.

8.6 We encourage parents to consider healthy options when packing lunches for their children. We do not permit fizzy drinks and sweets in lunch boxes. This rule also applies to children when on school trips.

8.7 On school day visits during the school week we do not permit children to eat sweets on coaches or during the visit. During residential visits this is at the discretion of the visit leader.

8.8 Our school operates a daily breakfast club where children can eat a healthy breakfast and participate in quiet activities from 8am.

8.9 Every child has a water bottle that they bring to school every day. Children have access to water throughout the day.

8.10 When rewarding children we generally try to find appropriate ways that are either non food related or involve healthy food. Children are taught that there are times when treats are appropriate, especially during times of celebration. There may be some occasions where children receive less healthy treats at school.

9. Physical Activity

9.1 Physical activity contributes significantly to the being healthy national outcome for children

9.2 Children are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active

9.3 They understand how physical activity can help them to be more healthy, and how physical activity can improve and be a part of their every day life. Our school ensures that children participate in the recommended number of hours of physical activity per week

9.4 Our school offers extra curricular clubs including sports such as football and netball

10. Emotional Health and Wellbeing, including bullying

10.1 Emotional health and wellbeing contributes significantly to all five national outcomes for children: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing

10.2 The promotion of positive emotional health and wellbeing helps children to understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and emotional resilience, and therefore their capacity to learn. This is done through carefully planned PSHE lessons, regular Circle Time, Golden Rules, Merit Assemblies and by fostering an environment where children have various people they feel able to talk to.

10.3 Our school has a separate behaviour/discipline policy which includes anti-bullying.

11. Role of Staff

11.1 It is the responsibility of the staff to follow schemes of work in place in school, and to support the aims of the school. It is the responsibility of the Healthy Schools Leader to ensure staff are aware of relevant documents and expectations, to update the policy

12. Role of Headteacher

12.1 It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to ensure the policy is adhered to.

13. Role of the Governors

13.1 It is the role of the governing body to support staff in achieving the healthy schools mark and to review the policy.

14. Role of Parents

14.1 It is the role of the parents to support the school in its efforts to promote healthy living to our children.

15. Monitoring and Review

15.1 It is the responsibility of the subject leader to monitor the progress made towards achieving healthy school status. There is an online action plan which the subject leader follows to ensure areas of weakness are addressed. The healthy school subject leader also writes an annual report to the governing body on the progress towards healthy school status. The governing body review this policy on a two yearly cycle.