EDUCATION IN GOOD HEALTH

Merton Council has received the National Healthy School Standard after schools in the borough became part of the Healthy Schools Initiative with great success.

The Merton Healthy Schools Scheme aims to help schools promote the health and well-being of pupils, parents and staff. It was launched last September and has passed the rigorous national assessment process with flying colours.

Acting Director of Education, Lorraine O’Reilly, said: “A healthy school is one that is successful in helping pupils to do their best and reach their full potential. I am delighted we have received this award.”

In Merton, 26 schools are currently actively involved with the scheme and are developing a wide range of activities including healthier snacks at playtime, drug education projects, anti-bullying projects, walking buses (to promote walking to school), staff well-being and environmental improvements.

The Healthy Schools Scheme has the full support of the Health Authority, the LEA and a wide range of local organisations who want to work with schools.

One of the local schools taking part in the scheme, Garfield First School, has set up its own Healthy School Committee. Children can vote for representatives from their class to make decisions about how to make their school a healthier place. The children want to see healthier food at lunchtime and more playground equipment.

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PHOTO CALL:

Wednesday 18 July, 1.30pm. Photographers are invited to join the children at a committee meeting. Please report to main reception.

PRESS CONTACT – Jason Hill