The school has held the National Healthy Schools Accreditation since 2006.
The National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) is jointly funded by the Department for Education and Skills and the Department of Health in the drive to reduce health inequalities, promote social inclusion and raise educational standards. A ‘Healthy School’ promotes the health and well-being of its pupils and staff through a well-planned taught curriculum in a physical and emotional environment that promotes learning and healthy lifestyle choices.
The recent media has tended to focus on school meals as part of the ‘Jamie Oliver effect’ but being a Healthy School is not just about food; in fact there are four key areas in which we work towards in being a healthy school. Please click on one of the following areas for information on how we are striving to achieve Healthy Schools status in that key area:
- Personal, Health and Social Education (PHSE)
- Healthy eating
- Physical activity
- Emotional health
There is a wealth of information available on how to keep healthy. The following links will take you through to the interactive sites aimed at young people:
For Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)
For Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)
School Health Service
The School Health Team offers a universal service to children and young people aged 5 -19 years attending primary and secondary schools.
School nurses are qualified nurses, many with additional training, which specifically relates to the needs of this age group.
Each school nurse is geographically allocated to a clinic and maintains a minimum caseload of four primary and one secondary school. This is dependent on experience.
The school nurses are a pivotal link between education and health services with the team providing guidance and support on a range of health related issues, working alongside parents, pupils and teachers.
Services provided by the school health team include:
- Offering routine health surveillance programmes including vision, audiology and growth monitoring.
- A comprehensive health needs assessment on reception aged children and those who are new into the country, enabling the child’s physical, emotional and social needs to be addressed.
- Offering drop in sessions to children and coffee mornings to parents.
- Providing an immunisation programme to school leavers
- Referring and liaising with a number of agencies including General Practitioners, Dieticians, Educational Welfare to mention a few.
- Providing information on health promotion including healthy eating, emotional well-being and management of medical conditions.