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Healthy Schools Award

Published: 26/09/2014

A Flintshire primary school has achieved a prestigious national award recognising its commitment to promoting health and wellbeing. Bryn Coch CP School in Mold is the third school in the county to be awarded the Healthy Schools National Quality Award which is awarded to schools that have achieved the highest standards of health and well-being. To achieve this award, schools take part in the scheme for a minimum of nine years, and cover seven health themes set out by Welsh Government which are: • Food and fitness • The environment • Hygiene • Mental and emotional health and well being • Personal development and relationships • Safety • Substance use and misuse The school started the scheme in 2002 which is run by the PSE Coordinator, Mrs Dawn Jones. All staff are actively involved in the scheme and value the importance of health and well being for their whole school community. Mrs Lynne Williams, Head teacher said: “We are extremely proud to be receiving the National Quality Award of the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme. This award is the culmination of many years of hard work, changing the attitudes and lifestyle choices of our pupils, parents and staff. “I would like to express my thanks to the children who have embraced all the changes for example moving from eating crisps at playtime to only eating fruit, to the parents who have helped with the healthy school message and for providing healthy packed lunches and to the staff, lunchtime staff and governors who have embraced all the seven health topics. “Thanks also to the Local Education Authority, in particular Claire Broad who has supported the school throughout. I am very pleased for Mrs Dawn Jones and all those involved who led the school to this prestigious award, which has improved the wellbeing of our 658 pupils.” Included within the assessment report, the lead assessor stated that… “Well done and thank you to all the pupils in Ysgol Bryn Coch for helping to make your school a happy and healthy school! You have a great school where you can not only learn, but where there are so many opportunities for you to participate in different activities and shine in so many ways.” Ian Budd, Chief Officer Education and Youth said: “I am extremely proud of the school’s achievement. Staff, pupils, parents and the whole school community are to be praised for their continual support for the scheme.” Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education said: “Congratulations to everyone at the school. The award and recognition for Healthy Schools is well deserved after 12 years of great efforts, you should all be very proud of the achievement.” Photo caption: Lynne Williams (Head Teacher), Merrill Tanton (Chair of Governors), Claire Homard (Principal Primary Officer Flintshire County Council), Dianne Hunt (helping the children hold the award) (Healthy Schools Officer Flintshire County Council ), Cllr Ray Hughes (Vice Chair Flintshire County Council), Dawn Jones (Healthy Schools Coordinator and Teacher at Bryn Coch CP School) with children from the school council at Ysgol Bryn Coch.