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Healthy Schools

The Healthy Schools Scheme was launched in 1999 to support schools in creating a healthier community in which we live.

"The ‘Healthy School’ is one which takes responsibility for maintaining and promoting the health of all who ‘learn, work, play and live’ within it not only by formally teaching pupils about how to lead healthy lives but by enabling pupils and staff to take control over aspects of the school environment which influence their health."

For more information on the scheme, please visit the NHS website here or view the accreditation criteria here.


The Healthy School  team has been focusing on the health areas of 'Food and Fitness' and 'Safety' as a result one of the main focuses over the past year has to become an Active Journeys school.  As part of this we have worked closely with Sustrans Wales and pupils have undertaken balance bike, scooter and cycling skills so that pupils understand how to ride safely within the community.  We participated in Road Safety week back in November where we found out about road safety heroes.  We also entered the Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel week where we encouraged pupils to walk, scoot or cycle to school in March.  Our pupils were amazing and made every effort to take an active journey to school during the week resulting in us winning a prize in the national competition.

During the year pupils in year 6 have trained as playground leaders and support younger pupils during playtimes by organising structured play activities.  During the Summer term we will be training year 5 pupils in preparation for September.

We will be having our phase 5 Healthy Schools Assessment during the academic year 2022-23.


Unfortunately due to COVID19 restriction, we haven't been able to make a start with our pupil leadership team this year BUT we look forward to new projects in the coming months!


The focus for this year will be on the health area 'Food and Fitness'.  Mrs Holmes and the Wellbeing Pupil Leadership Team will be working on :
  • another pupil-friendly policy during the Autumn term,
  • a healthy packed lunch policy (see our website for information on this that you may find useful),
  • the daily mile (more information found here)


In just our first year as Ysgol Nantgwyn, our Healthy Schools Team have worked tirelessly to achieve Phase 1, 2, 3 and Phase 4 of the Healthy School accreditation and we are very proud of the work they have undertaken in such a short space of time!  

Some of the work included :

  • a Pupil-Friendly Anti-Bullying leaflet, created by the Wellbeing Pupil Leadership Team.
  • a presentation delivered to Governors, pupils in assemblies as well as the Healthy Schools Assessment Team, by the Wellbeing Pupil Leadership Team.

View the presentation here, and full script read by pupils here.  A snippet of images from the presentation below of initiatives pupils have worked hard on this year.