Ysgol Stanwell School

Archer Road, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 2XL

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What is the Healthy Schools Scheme?

stanwell-healthy-schools-logo-2014Stanwell is a health promoting school, which actively encourages the core areas of school life which affect health and well being.

Pupils take key roles in decision making and participation in order to improve the health and environment of their school.

We adopt a whole school approach across the seven different health topics: food and fitness, mental and emotional health and well being, personal development and relationships, substance use and misuse, environment, safety and hygiene.

Food and Fitness

Food and nutrition, physical activity and sport are seen as integral parts of the broad educative process of every child.  The health and welfare of all children sits at the heart of the Food and Nutrition policy and reflects the core values of the school in maximising every child’s potential.

Stanwell has a SNAG group (Schools Nutrition Action Group), comprised of of pupils, teachers, the Healthy Schools Coordinator and catering staff, where Change for Life and food standards are considered in relation to the school.

Our 5×60 Officer ensures there are plenty of after-school clubs to give pupils the opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities all year round.

Food and Fitness Fun Run 2014

Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being

Well-being and emotional health are at the heart of the School Effectiveness Framework and have been given increased emphasis at Stanwell since new Estyn recommendations in 2010.

The Welsh Assembly Government has released a Well-being Good Practice document.

Personal Development and Relationships

Stanwell’s personal development and relationship policies aim to provide pupils with information about growth and development and to raise awareness about themselves and develop respect for others.  Strong and supportive relationships are encouraged and appreciated.

Substance Use and Misuse

Stanwell aims to enable pupils to make informed choices by increasing their knowledge about substances and providing opportunities for them to explore their own and others’ attitudes.

Staff from Cardiff and Vale Public Health Team, University Health Board, Inroads and Newlink Wales have joined forces to offer schools a comprehensive package of support around this action area.  Red Button is a drugs and alcohol information and education service initiative aimed at young people in Cardiff and the Vale.

The Welsh Assembly Government have also published the following documentation: Guidance for Substance Misuse Education.

Building Bird Boxes


Stanwell takes every opportunity to enhance the environment of the school. We aim to enable pupils to learn how to care for and protect their environment and practice the key concepts of ESDGC. The Eco-Schools committee also encourages pupils to engage with environmental and sustainable development issues.


Stanwell has an up to date Health and Safety policy.  We also implement safety procedures (sun safety, internet safety etc) through relevant lessons and the PSE programme.


Stanwell follows the recommendations of ‘Teach Germs a Lesson’ to ensure that hygiene is taught properly across the school. We recognise the importance to pupils and staff of preventing and dealing with infections efficiently and effectively.

The Welsh Assembly Government have released infection control guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools: Teach Germs a Lesson!

Sixth form cafe

Breakfast Club – start the day the right way!

At Stanwell we recognise the benefits of having breakfast in a comfortable and relaxed environment. In a recent survey carried out by WLGA one in three secondary pupils attend school without having done so.

Our optional early morning breakfast facility runs from 8.00am until 8.30am. There are a range of food options available, all aimed at ensuring that students have the opportunity to arrive at their first lesson with the necessary fuel to make them ready to learn.

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