Five schools in Tidworth area recognised for pupils health and wellbeing

Wellington Academy new building 1

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:54am 15th November 2017. (Updated at 7:54am 15th November 2017)

Bronze awards have been dished out under the Healthy Schools Programme.

Five schools in the Tidworth area are celebrating being top of the class when it comes to health.

Castle Primary, Clarendon Infants and Clarendon Junior along with Collingbourne C of E Primary and The Wellington Academy have all been given a bronze status under Wiltshire Council's Healthy Schools initiative.

The scheme which has three levels, bronze, silver and gold looks at what schools are doing to ensure pupil's health and well being is the best it can be.

To be accredited schools need to meet certain standards based on local and national priorities.

Andy Bridewell, headteacher of Ludgershall Castle Primary said:

"I know I speak for all the other headteachers in our cluster when I say how much we appreciate our schools' involvement in the Healthy Schools initiative. We all know that a child's education isn't just about developing academic skills; learning about healthy life styles from an early age is more likely to have a positive impact, not just for the children, but for their families as well, and the structure provided by 'Healthy Schools' ensures that many pupils and their families benefit."

The schools participation in the programme was supported by funding from the Tidworth Area Board.

Chairman Chris Williams said:

"As an area board we thought it was important to help fund this important work. The schools have used innovative ways to implement this in their schools and inspire the children. I'm very pleased so many have achieved this level and congratulations to all involved."

The schools were invited to Wellington Academy for a special celebration event to mark their achievement.

Tidworth Healthy School Award - Group

Group picture shows left to right: Lucy Bennett - Wellington Academy, Nick Bolton – Wiltshire Council, Katherine Giles – Clarendon Junior School, Becki Monaghan – Clarendon Infant School, Marie Chapman – Ludgershall Castle Primary School and Cllr Chris Williams.

                            

Currently 73 schools have Wiltshire Healthy Schools status at bronze, silver or gold level. A total of 116 schools are taking part in the programme with more signed up to join later this month.

More information about the Healthy Schools programme can be found at www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org

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