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Schools championing health

Published: 23/03/2011

Local schools get recognition for championing health

News Release

Fourteen schools across Southampton City have been recognised as championing health issues as set out in the National Healthy School Standard (NHSS), funded by the Department for Education and the Department of Health.

NHSSis part of a national drive to reduce health inequalities, promote social inclusion and raise educational standards. The overall aim is to help schools become healthier as this translates to successfully helping pupils do their best and build on their achievements.

On Tuesday 6 July, the Sheriff of Southampton Councillor Terry Matthews and Escort Mrs Lesley will present the schools with plaques celebrating their achievements at an event being held at St Mary’s Stadium.

Pawan Kaur Lall, Senior Health Promotion Specialist at Solent Healthcare,said, “Pupils will have an opportunity on Tuesday to describe why they think their school is a healthy one. Usually, many describe the healthy eating and physical activities in their schools and often showcase pieces of work and the impact these make. It will also show all the good work that schools are doing linked not just to obesity but generally linked to improving the health of our children in Southampton.”

Natasha Bye-Brooks, Healthy Schools Officer at Southampton City Council, said, “Achievement of the NHSS is confirmed with the expectation that the spirit of healthy schools will continue be embedded into the School Development Plan. The standard promotes physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information and equipping pupils with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.”

Southampton has a target requiring 97 percent of schools to have achieved NHSS by December. As of April, 90 percent had achieved this standard.

Councillor Holmes Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Learning at Southampton City Council said: “Our schools are committed to ongoing improvement and development and understand the importance of investing in health to assist in the process of raising levels of pupil achievement and improving standards. We are delighted that these 14 schools we are honouring on Tuesday are trendsetters in providing both a physical and social environment that is conducive to learning.”


Notes for Editors:

The cohort of schools being recognised on Tuesday are:

  • Bitterne Church of England Infant School
  • Harefield Primary School
  • Hightown Primary School
  • Holy Family RC Primary School
  • St George Catholic VA College
  • St Monica Infant School
  • St Monica Junior School
  • Great Oaks School
  • St Patricks Catholic Primary School
  • Tremona Road Children’s Centre
  • Newlands Primary School
  • Mansel Park Primary School
  • Oasis Academy - Lordshill
  • Sinclair Primary & Nursery School

Solent Healthcare was created on 1 April 2010 through the integration of Southampton Community Healthcare and Portsmouth Community and Mental Health Services

It is hosted by Southampton City Primary Care Trust and provides community health services throughout Southampton, Portsmouth and parts of Hampshire

For more information or to confirm attendance, please contact Elton Dzikiti, Assistant Communications Manager, Solent Healthcare on 023 8060 8934 orMike Ktomi,Media Officer, Southampton City Council on023 8083 4701 email

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