On Monday 3 November, pupils and teachers from Hatfeild Primary will receive their Healthy Schools Award from the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin in a special school assembly. The school will also be host to Damian McGrath, from the DfES Personal Social and Health Inclusion Department, who has been heavily involved in the Healthy Schools Project at a national level.
The Merton Healthy Schools Scheme is running in many Merton schools. It encourages schools to be healthy places in terms of both physical and emotional health. Schools set up a committee comprising staff, parents, governors and pupils and work towards achieving 12 stringent criteria which include ensuring the school is welcoming to visitors, teaching pupils the importance of being healthy, promoting physical exercise and putting citizenship projects into place.
The Merton scheme is linked to the National Healthy Schools Scheme, which is strongly supported by Tony Blair, Charles Clarke and Alan Milburn.
Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin, said of the Award:
‘I am very proud of the excellent work taking place in Merton schools. Staff, pupils, parents and governors are all working together to create a stimulating and healthy environment in which children can achieve their maximum potential. Congratulations to Hatfeild Primary who have achieved the award this year.’