Healthy Schools London

Healthy Schools London


About Healthy Schools London:

Healthy Schools London is an Awards Programme that will reach out to every London child, working with schools to improve children and young people’s well-being. About We all want to help London’s children stay healthy and happy as they grow up. In this context, what happens at school every day is really important. Schools can help children lead a healthy lifestyle directly – to make healthy food choices at lunchtime, to be active at and on the way to school. More widely, schools can help children learn about their health, and develop their motivation and self respect to make healthy choices.

The benefits go beyond health. We know that when children are healthy and happy at school, they can achieve more. So many schools in London are already doing great work to support their pupils to be healthier. Healthy Schools London is a new programme that will help schools to go further, and get more schools involved. With our award scheme sponsored by the Mayor of London, we will recognise and celebrate schools that are making a difference for their pupils. By working together with our colleagues in London’s boroughs, we want to build a programme that schools are proud to be part of, and helps London’s children to be healthy, happy and achieve. School Awards 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. This can be done by using our Healthy Schools London Planning and Reporting Tool (Silver and Gold Awards).

 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. This can be done by using our Healthy Schools London Planning and Reporting Tool (Silver and Gold Awards). Schools must submit a Local Healthy Schools Review or the completed Healthy Schools London Review Tool (Bronze Award) every 2 years in order to maintain HSL status at all 3 levels.

The Healthy Schools London programme will support schools as they work towards these awards. Local Healthy Schools Leaders will provide support to schools where a Borough has a designated post. Healthy Schools London has a small team who are available to answer queries and provide telephone support to London Boroughs and to schools.

This website has a range of tools, resources and advice for schools, which we will add to with regular updates and newsletters.

St. Bede’s is working diligently towards the Bronze Level Award. We hope that Parents and Children can support us fully with this initiative.