Kettering school first in county to appoint health and wellbeing champion

Dr Eleanor Hartley
Dr Eleanor Hartley

A school in Kettering is the first in the county to appoint a health and wellbeing champion for pupils.

Southfield School for Girls has taken on Dr Eleanor Hartley, who will ensure students are in the best physical and wellbeing state to learn.

Her work will be to establish good practice across the school, enabling students to have healthy active minds in order to fulfil their academic potential and have positive attitudes to being active for life.

The profile and understanding of mental health issues and wellbeing will be raised across the school, and Dr Hartley will be working with curriculum areas including PE and PSHE to try out innovative strategies using physical activity to address such issues as anxiety, stress, self-confidence and self-belief.

A school spokesman said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Hartley as our new Health and Wellbeing Champion.

“This exciting new post, joint-funded with the Youth Sport Trust, is the first in the county.

“In 2014 we were awarded the accolade of Talk Out Loud School of the Year 2014 and the appointment of Eleanor is one of the ways in which we are building on this strength and reinforcing Southfield’s position as a lead school for health and wellbeing.

“She has recently set up a voluntary survey for students to establish how different year groups are coping with pressures of daily school life.

“In the short time she has been at Southfield, Dr Hartley has already established a running club and has taken some Year 8 and Year 10 Young Leaders to Loughborough University.

“Southfield students love trying something new and it is our intention to share our new strategies with other schools in Northamptonshire, supporting the PE 2020 Active Healthy Minds programme.”