Healthy school

A positive and wholesome attitude among pupils and staff has led to Our Lady s Catholic Primary School in Barnstaple receiving a healthy accolade. It has gained a national Healthy School Award for all aspects of school life, from the good attitude of pupi

A positive and wholesome attitude among pupils and staff has led to Our Lady's Catholic Primary School in Barnstaple receiving a healthy accolade. It has gained a national Healthy School Award for all aspects of school life, from the good attitude of pupils to the hard work of staff and the many activities to promote physical and social wellbeing.The Government is hoping by that 2009, three quarters of UK schools will have earned the award.Our Lady's was assessed across management, ethos, learning and teaching, care and partnership - and achieved a rating of "good" throughout.The initiative focuses on almost every aspect of health, including nutrition and exercise, but also on developing the self-esteem of pupils, its place within the community and the relationships with its parents.Examiners found the pupils "are proud of their school" and that it "works hard to develop self-esteem, empathy and confidence for all members of the school community.""This is a testament to the hard work put in by staff, governors and parents to provide our children with a healthy environment in which to learn and develop," said Rob Meech, Healthy School Co-ordinator at Our Lady's."It is about creating healthy and happy children, who do better in learning and in life.


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