Championing Healthy Schools London (HSL) Status
Healthy Schools London is a pan-London enterprise, supported by the Mayor of London, with the goal of improving health in our children and reducing health inequalities. The programme focuses on physical activity, emotional health and well-being, healthy eating, and personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and was created in the knowledge that healthy and happy children go on to achieve more.
We are pleased to congratulate Links Primary School for achieving the Silver Award of the Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme, our first Silver Award in Merton. Three other primary schools: Bond, Lonesome and Singlegate are also highly commended for achieving their Bronze Award Status.
Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme also forms part of wider strategies to tackle childhood obesity where the London average is above the national average for children in year 6 (as measured by the National Child Measurement Programme 2015/16). Read more about the Merton picture in our Director of Public Health’s Annual Public Health Report 2016/17 – Tackling Childhood Obesity Together www2.merton.gov.uk/annualpublichealthreport.htm
Previously a targeted Healthy Schools programme in the east of the borough was implemented, and from April 2017, Merton Schools Sports Partnership (MSSP) led by Nicola Ryan, has been engaging and supporting schools across the whole borough to sign up to the HSL programme and reach their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. MSSP ran a workshop in July to help schools understand the criteria for the different award schemes and is providing further support to school leads.
In preparation for 2017/18 academic year, we encourage all schools to:
- Identify a Healthy Schools London lead in their school
- Register their school onto the Healthy Schools London Website, please visit: www.healthyschools.london.gov.uk/register
- Download the Bronze award assessment template to complete
For any further queries please contact MSSP directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is recognised many schools are already meeting some of the criteria having made improvements already, such as promoting healthy eating, ensuring school lunches meet standards, giving guidance for packed lunches, offering clean drinking water. The HSL awards will recognise their hard work and achievement as well as further supporting the health and well-being of their pupils and staff.