Schools and pre-school providers from around the city were recognised on Wednesday (12 July) for their dedication to promoting the health and wellbeing of their pupils and staff.
There was a ceremony to announce those who have achieved the Mayor’s Award for Excellence as a Health Improving School at City Hall.
In order to achieve the prestigious Mayor’s Award for Excellence, schools will already have had to qualify for both the Bristol Healthy Schools Standards Award and the separate Healthy Schools Outcomes Award within a two year period.
Schools need to meet a range of criteria covering topics such as food, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic) in order to gain the Standards for Health Award and will need to prove they have identified the specific health needs of their pupils and started tackling these issues in order to be considered for an Outcomes Award.
Winners of all three awards were announced at the ceremony alongside the winners of Bristol’s Young Chef, Baker and Gardener following the cook off last week.
Altogether this year, 10 schools recieved a Mayor’s Award for Excellence as a Health Improving School, six recieved a Healthy Schools Standard Award, five got the Bristol Ideal award and 12 pre-school providers recieved the Bristol Standard for Health.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is a great opportunity to recognise what it is some of the most important work going on in our city, looking after and promoting the health and wellbeing of our children. Schools are an essential part of this and are key to solving the long term health inequalities and issues that exist in the city.
“Good health is about early intervention and giving people the tools they need to avoid or tackle issues later in life. Maintaining good health has also been proven to have an effect on children’s ability to perform academically and socially.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked towards these awards this year. You are setting an example to the rest of the city as well as helping our local children to reach their full potential. Congratulations to the winners and I hope that, together, we will be able to continue achieving better things for our children in the future.”
In Bristol, one in four children enters primary school classed as overweight or obese and in secondary school this figure increases to one in three. Outside of school this figure increases again with 57% adults and around a third (35%) of 10-11 year olds (1,304 young people) measuring above a healthy weight.
A recent survey measuring children’s wellbeing also showed that 79% of primary aged students worry about school life. A further 43% said they don’t want to go to school because of bullying.
Together the awards hope to encourage schools to improve promote healthy lifestyles and, in turn take steps improve the long term mental and physical of children in the city.
You can find more information about the awards online at http://www.bristolhealthyschools.org.uk/.