It's Official! Shakespeare is a Healthy School
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded certified Healthy Schools Status.
In 2017 we succesfully completed our self assessment for Healthy Schools status. One year on, we were visited by Sheryl from Healthy Schools, who spoke to children, parents, governors and staff about all the things we do at Shakespeare to maintain a healthy lifestyle. During her visit, Sheryl received a guided tour of our wonderful new building from the School Council.
Over the past few years, we have made lots of changes across school to encourage staff and pupils to lead healthier lives. Each class now takes part in at least 2 hours of PE per week, and we also offer possibly largest range of extra-curricular sports clubs of any Primary School in Leeds, with more clubs being set up each year.
We've also looked at our diets. All children are given a free piece of fruit each day, and we have worked with Catering Leeds (and previously Chartwells) to overhaul our lunchtime menu to ensure that all children can enjoy balanced, healthy meals every day. Last year, we introduced a Packed Lunch Policy, helping our children to reduce the amount of sugary foods they bring and replace them with healthy, tasty alternatives.
Another key area that we have been working on is our Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). We are working hard to encourage all children to talk about how they feel, and to understand that their mental health is as important as their physical health.
The purpose of Sheryl's visit was to look at how we promote and manage each of these areas. We were thrilled to receive a glowing report from Sheryl confirming our Healthy Schools Status. Here is a selection of comments from the report:
- An overriding strength of this school is the drive to ensure that all pupils are given the best possible opportunities academically, socially and emotionally.
- Extensive work is carried out with parents to ensure that they have a voice, are engaged in the life of the school and receive the support that they need. This has led to very high numbers of parents attending the Parent Voice group.
- There are many opportunities for pupil responsibility and these roles clearly have a positiveimpact on the day to day running of the school.
- Pupils demonstrate a good understanding of the importance of being physically active andcan explain some of the health risks associated with being inactive.
- Pupils have an excellent understanding of what mental health is and gave some very good explanations as to what to do to manage uncomfortable feelings.