Schools praised for their work to keep children safe and healthy

Schools are being rewarded for anti-bullying work at a special awards ceremony.

Northamptonshire schools will also be praised for healthy schools status at the event on Tuesday.

Healthy Schools Status will be handed to Beanfield Primary School in Beanfield Avenue, Corby. Weldon CE Primary and Victoria Primary School in Finedon Road, Wellingborough, will be given the Healthy Schools Enhanced Award.

Being given the Healthy Early Years Award are: Little Steps Day Nursery, Higham Ferrers; Newton Road Children’s Centre, Rushden; Hazel Leys Day Nursery, Corby; and Oundle and Thrapston Children’s Centre

Anti-Bullying Accreditation Awards go to: Kettering Science Academy, Loatlands Primary in Desborough, Bozeat Primary School, Havelock Infant School in Desborough, and Croyland Primary in Wellingborough.

There will be a number of performances and presentations by young people during the event.

To gain Healthy Schools and Healthy Early Years status, schools and nurseries have to show that they can excel at providing a healthy environment in which children can learn and grow. They need to meet minimum criteria in core themes: personal, social and health education, healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and wellbeing. Many of the schools implement new healthy initiatives as part of the award, which contribute to both staff and pupils’ physical and emotional wellbeing.

The Healthy Schools Enhancement projects are tailored to the individual needs of the school and its community. These needs are identified through analysis of the locality’s public health data combined with the school’s own priorities based on school data gathered through school records and whole school community surveys. In order to embark on the enhancement Model schools must have achieved National Healthy Schools Status.

The Healthy Schools Programme is voluntary. There are now more than 96 per cent of schools in the county who have been awarded Healthy Schools Status and 34 per cent of these schools have moved onto the Enhanced Healthy Schools programme to further improve the health & well-being of their whole school community.