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Schools recognised for achievements in Wiltshire Healthy Schools Programme

Schools recognised for achievements in Wiltshire Healthy Schools Programme

Schools which have gone the extra mile to improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils have been recognised at a special awards ceremony. Seventeen schools which recently completed the Wiltshire Council run Healthy Schools Programme were invited to attend the ceremony at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham. Those attending received bronze, silver or gold plaques as part of the programme. Hardenhuish School in Chippenham achieved the gold award in the scheme in 2015 after improving teaching around mental health and helped the school community to more effectively support those with mental health issues. Their work on pupils’ mental health also attracted the attention of the Department for Education which has recognised the school’s good practice in this area using several case studies from the school in their current national guidance document:  Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools (DfE, 2014).   Hardenhuish headteacher Jan Hatherell said:

“There is nothing more important than supporting young people’s health and wellbeing.  At Hardenhuish we understand the tremendous mental health pressures on young people today, many of which did not exist 20 years ago.  We are delighted that our work in helping our young people to be resilient and successful has been recognised by the Wiltshire Healthy Schools Programme Gold Award, and nationally by the Department for Education.”

Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services said:

“Our schools are not only seats of learning but a source of support for pupils and a place where healthy lifestyles can be encouraged. I’d like to congratulate all the schools which have improved their students’ health and wellbeing in this way.”

A total of 63 schools have achieved Wiltshire Healthy Schools at bronze, silver or gold level since it was launched in 2012, replacing the previous National Healthy Schools Award. Schools participating in the programme can aim for bronze, silver or gold standard. To be accredited schools need to meet certain standards based on local and national priorities. The quality assurance group is multiagency including the police, school representatives, Wiltshire & Swindon Sports Partnership and others. The council and agencies support the schools as they work towards the standards. Further information about Wiltshire Council’s Healthy Schools programme can be found at  http://www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org/about/


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