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Healthy Schools Award

Published: 23/03/2015

A Flintshire primary school has achieved a prestigious national award recognising its commitment to promoting health and wellbeing. Ysgol Mynydd Isa is the fourth school in the county to be awarded the Healthy Schools National Quality Award. The National Quality Award is awarded to schools that have achieved the highest standards of health and well-being. To achieve this award schools will have to have participated in the scheme for a minimum of nine years, and to have covered and sustained all the seven health themes set out by Welsh Government. There are seven health themes, which are: Food and fitness The environment Hygiene Mental and emotional health and well being Personal development and relationships Safety Substance use and misuse All staff at Ysgol Mynydd Isa are actively involved in the scheme and value the importance of health and well being for their whole school community. Head teacher, Mr Richard Collett, said: As a school, we are delighted and very proud of this national recognition. The health and well being of all in our school has, and always will be, a priority for us, A great deal of hard work has gone into achieving this award and I would like to add my personal thanks to all involved-staff, pupils, parents and governors.” Included within the assessment report, the lead assessor, Mrs Gill Waring, stated that: “There can be no doubt that Ysgol Mynydd Isa is a healthy school and fully deserving of its National Quality Award. Health and wellbeing and the healthy schools concept is fully embedded in the school life and culture. An exemplary feature identified in the assessment visit was the very high level of engagement demonstrated by all involved in the life of the school, be they parents/carers, pupils, governors and of course staff. The value driven culture of the school shone through and was demonstrated by the care and respect shown to each other by pupils and staff.” Presenting the award, the Chair of Flintshire County Council, Cllr Glenys Diskin, said: “The National Quality Award requires schools to demonstrate that they are firmly committed to developing the whole school as a health promoting setting. Schools that achieve this high level award are considered exemplary, so this has been a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate everyone involved.” Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education said: “Congratulations to everyone at the school. The award and recognition for Healthy Schools is well deserved and the school should be very proud of the achievement.” Images 8770 - the presentation to infants school pupils at ysgol Mynydd Isa - from L to R - Cllr Glenys Diskin, Claire Homard (FCC) Claire Broad, Chair of Governors - Andy Davies, Cllr Chris Bithell, Emma Curtis (Deputy Head - Infants) 8741- the presentation to junior pupils at ysgol Mynydd Isa - from L to R - Cllr Glenys Diskin, Claire Broad, Sian Salisbury (Deputy Head - Juniors), Chair of Governors - Andy Davies, Cllr Chris Bithell, Claire Homard (FCC).