Twelve schools which have recently achieved Wiltshire Healthy Schools status were recognised at a special event yesterday (Thursday 6 December) at County Hall.
At the event, schools were presented with a special plaque marking their achievements.
The programme recognises schools that have provided evidence to show how their provision supports the health and wellbeing of their pupils.
Schools can work towards bronze, silver or gold levels to achieve Wiltshire Healthy Schools status. To be recognised they need to meet a range of standards based on local and national priorities.
Cabinet member for children’s services, Laura Mayes said: “This is an exciting programme which achieves so much for the health and wellbeing of our pupils. I commend the schools which have made this a priority and have made time in busy schedules to ensure this valuable work is carried out.
“The schools have worked extremely hard and used some great innovative approaches to achieve these awards and they fully deserve this recognition.”
Currently 91 schools have Wiltshire Healthy Schools at bronze, silver or gold level. A total of 144 schools are taking part to achieve the award.
The multiagency group granting the awards includes Wiltshire Police, school health nurses, school representatives and Wiltshire & Swindon Sports Partnership. The council and agencies support the schools as they work towards the standards.
The local programme supports schools and provides information on key actions that can be taken as well as providing training. The progress of schools is monitored, including the positive impact on the health behaviours of young people.
Further information about our Healthy Schools Programme can be found at http://www.wiltshirehealthyschools.org/about/