St Keyna Primary School's healthy cycle keeps it on track for success
St Keyna Primary School's commitment to supporting healthier lifestyles for its pupils has been rewarded with a Healthy Schools Certificate from NHS B&NES and Bath & North East Somerset Council. The accolade is a major step towards the school's goal of achieving the prestigious Director of Public Health Award.
St Keyna Primary, in Keynsham, achieved the Healthy Schools Certificate by reviewing all its health related work and setting new targets. Pupils demonstrated current successes by producing a review of the school's drive to get children cycling.
Paul Scott, Acting Director of Public Health for Bath and North East Somerset, who chairs the Awarding body, said: "I would like to congratulate St Keyna Primary School for all the work they have put into achieving their Healthy Schools Certificate as part of the Director of Public Health Award.
"Their commitment to health and wellbeing is obvious and we were particularly impressed by the way in which children have been involved in increasing the numbers walking and cycling to school. The staff also works hard to make the school a safe and nurturing place for all of the pupils to be. Congratulations on achieving your Healthy Schools Certificate!"
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The Director of Public Health Award is a health and wellbeing programme commissioned by NHS B&NES for all educational settings. The schools programme is developed and delivered by Bath & North East Somerset Council.
This new Award has been developed locally and was launched in April this year. It recognises and rewards schools, early years settings and further education colleges which support the health and wellbeing of their children and young people.
Councillor Dine Romero (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: "Bath & North East Somerset Council is proud to support schools working towards the Director of Public Health Award as a mechanism for school improvement through tackling key health issues and reducing inequalities.
Everyone at St Keyna Primary School has done so well in winning their Healthy Schools Certificate, and we hope the positive examples they continue to set will inspire others to consider how they may improve too."
Paul Scott will be presenting the Healthy Schools Certificate to St Keyna Primary School at a special assembly in the school on Monday 10 December 2012.
The school can now focus on obtaining the Healthy Outcomes Certificate. To gain this it has to show how is has improved the health and wellbeing of its pupils. Once St Keyna Primary School has achieved both certificates, it will qualify for the Director of Public Health Award.
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