West Berkshire Council

Three schools gain The Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award

The award recognises, celebrates and builds on the work in school to support children, young people and the wider school community's health and wellbeing.

Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award - Brookfields School

Over 48 schools in West Berkshire are currently taking part in the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award, with three recently earning it ; Yattendon Primary School, Brookfields Special School and St Andrew's School.

The award offers a practical approach for schools to improve the health and wellbeing in children, young people and school staff while it also recognises, celebrates and builds on the work already happening in school to support children, young people and the wider school community's health and wellbeing.

Lisa C. Bartlett, Health and Welfare Co-ordinator and St Andrew's School in Pangbourne commented:

"We found there were many benefits to completing the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award. Our initial 'school wellbeing audit' included a staff survey and a child survey; these gave us not only a temperature reading of how our community felt about various issues dealing with health, safety, stress, food etc. but also helped us to plan effective measures to improve specific areas highlighted by our surveys. 

The children and the staff appreciated that we listened to their opinions and ideas. By meeting with representatives from other schools applying for the same award, we were also able to share ideas and best practices for supporting our children and staff. Our school community is definitely better having gone through this process and the children and staff are all very proud that we have 'won' this award!"

The Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award is part of the Health and Wellbeing in Schools programme which supports the implementation and delivery of the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Working in partnership with the School Improvement team and Education Service, the West Berkshire Wellbeing team support schools to embed a holistic approach to Health and Wellbeing.

What does the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Award achieve?

  • It supports the five key indicators of the PE and Sport Premium Funding for primary schools.
  • A whole school approach supporting the NICE Guidelines for schools.
  • Valuable evidence of the commitment to personal development for the Ofsted whole school inspection framework.
  • A focus on local data and priorities to improve health related outcomes.
  • Supports Relationships, RSE and Health education.

To find out more about the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Programme or to find out how to get your school involved read the Health and Wellbeing in Schools Blog

West Berkshire Wellbeing is a specialist training service managed by the Public Health and Wellbeing Team at West Berkshire Council.