Merton schools leap above Healthy Schools Status

In an awards ceremony on Thursday 16 July, the Chaucer Centre was packed out with proud teachers and pupils to mark this achievement.

Morden Primary, Aragon, Cricket Green, St Ann’s, Ricards Lodge, Links, Malmesbury, and Ursuline were just some of the schools awarded certificates and goodie bags from Fulham Football Club.

Pupils from Aragon primary school, under the name of ‘Tutti Frutti’ entertained guests with their self penned ‘healthy rap’, while Links primary school provided some summer entertainment with their topical songs.

In order to achieve this award, the schools had to revisit the four original themes in the Healthy Schools Scheme – Personal, Social and Health Education; Healthy Eating; Physical Activity; and Emotional Health and Wellbeing, and demonstrate an improvement in their provision within these areas.

Activities included cooking and eating healthy food with pupils and parents, while pupils’ feedback on their lunchtimes was used to improve dining experiences.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Debbie Shears said: ‘My congratulations to all the schools that have reached this enhanced status. Our healthy schools programme is not just about improving what goes on in schools but also about educating young people for life. Learning how to be fit, eat well and maintain a healthy lifestyle is important for children’s well being today and for the future. It is also shown that improving children’s health has a knock on effect for the whole family’s well being. Thank you again to the staff and pupils who have worked hard over the past year.’

The Healthy Schools Programme aims to improve the education and lifestyle of young people in Merton by promoting the link between good health, behaviour and achievement. Now in its tenth year, the scheme supports 99% of schools nationwide, allowing for 4 million children to benefit from attending a healthy school.