Healthy Eating & Healthy Schools Award
Stanwell actively encourages the core areas of school life which affect health and wellbeing.
We have been participating in the Healthy Schools scheme over many years and our pupils take an active role in Healthy Schools planning and decision-making that help improve the health and environment of Stanwell.
A whole school approach has been adopted across the seven different health topics:
Food and fitness, emotional health and wellbeing, personal development and relationships, substance use and misuse, safety and hygiene as well as environment.
We are extremely proud to have achieved the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award. Schools that achieve the NQA are implementing wellbeing initiatives at the very highest level.
Some of the highlights of the final report state that:
“The ethos of supporting and providing guidance to students has an extremely positive impact on pupil outcomes, both educationally and in their moral and social development”
“The whole dining experience in the school is outstanding”
“Physical activity provision at Ysgol Stanwell School is excellent, with staff able to provide a wide range of activities where participation is emphasised”
“The school’s approach towards the promotion of the mental and emotional wellbeing of both staff and students is an outstanding feature of the school’s work”
7 Key Areas
1. Food and Fitness
Food and nutrition, physical activity and sport are seen as integral parts of the school experience at Stanwell. 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.
2. Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being
Well-being and emotional health are at the heart of Stanwell’s provision. We foster a sense of belonging to a school community where each individual is valued and her/his uniqueness is recognised. We aim to be caring and positive and strive to provide an environment that is both safe and secure for all.
3. Personal Development and Relationships
Stanwell’s personal development and relationship policies aim to provide pupils with information about growth and development and raise awareness about themselves and develop respect for others. Strong and supportive relationships are encouraged and appreciated.
4. 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. We join forces with outside agencies to offer a comprehensive package of support around this action area.
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.
At Stanwell, we aim to provide a safe environment for our pupils. We have a Health & Safety Policy that addresses many of the areas including security, pupil welfare and educational visits; we also have a separate Anti Bullying Policy, Racial Equality Policy, eSafety Policy and Sun Safety guide.
Stanwell follows the recommendations of Public Health Wales’ ‘All Wales Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Education Settings’ 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.