"A healthy school understands the importance of investing in health to assist in the process of raising levels of pupil achievement and improving standards" (DfES National Healthy School Standard Guidance, 1999).
It is self evident that pupils can fulfil their potential only when they are healthy, happy and at ease in all areas of their lives.
"A healthy school is one that is successful in helping pupils to do their best and build on their achievements. It is committed to ongoing improvement and development. It promotes physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information and equipping pupils with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health" (DfES National Healthy School Standard Guidance, 1999)
For some years now Newcastle ran a very successful Healthy School Award scheme with criteria which matched national requirements for healthy school status. However Every Child Matters (2004) has had implications both nationally and locally.
National Healthy School Status introduced in 2005 has replaced our Healthy School Award.
Schools will be asked to complete a self validation form against specific criterion for each theme considering what oral written or observed evidence they have to demonstrate to meet the standard. Once this status has been attained, the school name is entered on the national data base. The status is valid for 3 years subject to continued self evaluation and review.
You can also visit the Newcastle Children's Services website for further information on what we are doing to improve 'Be Healthy' outcomes for children and young people.
Page last updated: 6 September, 2011