Healthy Schools Gold Award
George Eliot Primary School has now successfully achieved our Healthy Schools London Gold Award!
To achieve a Gold Award, schools have to provide evidence that they have significantly impacted change in two distinct areas across the school. We were able to show that the work that we did here at school had a direct impact on the lifestyles and choices of the children in school by:
- increasing the amount of children that come to school by foot, bike or scooter
- increasing the amount of children that enjoy being physically active
- decreasing the amount of children that only eat 1-2 portions of fruit/vegetables per day
- decreasing the amount of children that drink more than 1 glass of fizzy drink per day.
Additionally, we implemented the MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) programme with the support of MyTime Active which has contributed to our Gold Award. We are continuing to work with MyTime Active this year to help sustain the fantastic work we have done around healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.
We are now working towards a second Gold Award with a focus on Mental Health – watch this space!
Healthy Schools Silver Award
We are working hard to improve our Healthy School status. Last year we were awarded the Bronze Award, and this January we have progressed further and have now achieved the Silver Award.
You may wonder what all this means, so to explain a bit more about it here is an excerpt from www.healthschoolslondon.org.uk which outlines how the awards work and what a school has to do to achieve a Silver Award:
How The Healthy Schools London Awards Work
Awards are for schools to recognise their achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of their pupils. There are three levels of award:
- Bronze: is awarded to schools that complete either a Local Healthy Schools Review or our Healthy Schools London Review Tool (Bronze Award) and achieve the requirements.
- Silver: in addition to holding a Bronze Award, the school will need to undertake an analysis of pupils’ needs, and identify new actions that will help pupils achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing. This should include one targeted and one school-wide action, and the school will need to make plans for how the changes will be delivered and measured.
- Gold: in addition to holding the Silver Award, the school will need to show the impact of the changes they have made and that these are sustainable. The school will need to show how it has engaged the wider community, and supported others to help children maintain a healthy weight, healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.
The full Silver Award planning tool is available here – download.
Previously we attained the Healthy Schools Bronze Award.
We are delighted to announce that George Eliot Primary School has achieved the Healthy Schools Bronze Award.
Healthy Schools London, launched in 2013, is an award scheme sponsored by the Mayor of London. It recognises and celebrates schools that are making a difference for their pupils.
Healthy Schools London works with London’s boroughs and schools to build a programme that schools are proud to be part of, and helps London’s children to be healthy, happy and achieve.