Schools celebrate success in Healthy Schools Award scheme

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Schools across North Yorkshire are celebrating success this week in improving the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff.

Fifty-one schools are part of a virtual celebration online, because of Covid-19 restrictions, from Thursday, 12 November, after gaining awards through the Healthy Schools programme. The celebration will be at www.healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org

Awarded schools have been invited to participate by posting quotes, photos and videos to share their achievements.

In total, 22 schools achieved a Bronze award, 20 achieved Silver and nine achieved the highest level Gold award. Award winners include primary and secondary schools, as well as nurseries, pupil referral units and special schools. The award scheme aims to improve the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff in four areas: personal, social, health education (PSHE), emotional health and wellbeing; active lifestyles; and food in schools.

Among the winners are Coppice Valley Primary School, Harrogate, and Glasshouses Primary, near Pateley Bridge, which each achieved a Gold award. They worked hard to involve pupils when making improvements around healthy eating and being more active during the school day. Pupils were asked for their ideas, which were acted upon, including shorter queues for lunch, being able to sit near friends and helping to design and build a community allotment.

Airy Hill Primary School near Whitby achieved Silver for PSHE and emotional health and wellbeing. The school has both staff and pupil wellbeing champions to support the whole school community.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, Executive Member for Public Health, Prevention and Supported Housing, said:

We are very pleased that schools are taking part in the scheme despite the current extra pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic, and well done to all 51 schools for gaining their award.

The Healthy Schools programme is playing a very important part in our work to deliver Young and Yorkshire 2, the North Yorkshire Children and Young People’s Plan. Young and Yorkshire 2 is driven by the vision that our county will be a place of opportunity where all children and young people are happy, healthy and achieving.

Dr Lincoln Sargeant, North Yorkshire’s Director of Public Health, added:

We are delighted to see so many schools across North Yorkshire achieving an award as part of the Healthy Schools Award programme over the past year. The fact that so many schools have continued to work on their Healthy Schools Award applications throughout the Covid-19 pandemic is also a major achievement considering the many pressures that schools have faced lately. We would like to pass on our congratulations to all the schools and to thank them for all their hard work in helping schools to be positive environments that support the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff.

The Healthy Schools scheme is funded through the Public Health grant and has been developed by the County Council’s Energy and Sustainability Traded Service, Children and Young People’s Education and Skills Service and Public Health, with support from the County Council’s Facilities Management Catering and partners, including North Yorkshire Sport and Compass BUZZ. All North Yorkshire County Council schools can join the scheme for free. Private and out-of-county schools can join for an annual charge. For further information, email healthyschools@northyorks.gov.uk or register online at www.healthyschoolsnorthyorks.org 

Schools gaining awards are:

Airy Hill primary                                                                                                    Silver

Aiskew Leeming Bar C of E primary                                                                   Bronze

Barlby Bridge primary                                                                                          Silver

Barlow C of E primary                                                                                          Bronze

Barwic Parade Community primary                                                                   Silver

Bentham Community primary                                                                            Bronze

Bishop Monkton primary                                                                                    Bronze

Brompton Community primary                                                                          Silver

Broomfield primary                                                                                              Bronze

Burton Salmon Community primary                                                                 Bronze

Burnsall C of E VA primary                                                                                   Silver

Carleton Endowed primary                                                                                 Bronze

Cayton primary                                                                                                     Bronze

Christ Church C of E VC primary                                                                         Bronze

Chapel Haddlesley C of E VC primary                                                                Bronze

Coppice Valley Community primary                                                                  Gold

Cracoe & Rylstone C of E VC primary                                                                Silver

Dishforth C of E VC primary                                                                                Bronze

Fountains Earth, Lofthouse C of E primary                                                       Silver

Glasshouses      Community primary                                                                 Gold

Grassington C of E VC primary                                                                            Silver

Helmsley Community primary                                                                            Bronze

Hovingham C of E VC primary                                                                             Gold

Huby C of E VC primary                                                                                        Silver

Kettlewell primary                                                                                                Silver

Kirby Hill C of E primary                                                                                       Gold

Kirk Smeaton C of E VC primary                                                                         Silver

Leyburn Community primary                                                                              Gold

Longmans Hill Community primary                                                                   Silver

Marwood C of E VC Infants                                                                                 Gold

Mowbray special school                                                                                      Bronze

Oatlands Community Infants                                                                              Bronze

Oatlands Community Juniors                                                                             Bronze

Otley Street Community Nursery                                                                      Bronze

Pickering Community Juniors                                                                             Bronze

Ravensworth C of E                                                                                               Bronze

Roecliffe primary                                                                                                  Bronze

Ryedale secondary                                                                                                Silver

Scarborough PRS                                                                                                   Gold

Seamer and Irton Community primary                                                             Silver

Selby Abbey primary                                                                                            Silver

Seton Community primary                                                                                  Silver

St Cuthbert’s C of E primary                                                                                Silver

St Peter’s Brafferton C of E VA primary                                                            Bronze

St Hilda’s Ampleforth C of E VC primary                                                           Gold

St Martin’s C of E VA primary                                                                             Bronze

Sutton on the Forest C of E VC primary                                                            Silver

Upper Wharfedale Secondary                                                                            Silver

Westcliff primary                                                                                                  Gold

Western primary                                                                                                  Bronze

Whitley & Eggborough Community primary                                                    Silver

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