Wrexham Healthy Schools Scheme
The Healthy Schools Scheme is an integral part of Wrexham County Boroughs’ Children and Young People’s service, within Lifelong learning.
We are committed to promoting and protecting the health and well-being of children and young people through health promotion activity and programmes in Schools.
What is a Healthy School?
A health promoting school is one which actively promotes and protects the physical, mental and social health and well being of its community through positive action by such means as policy, strategic planning and staff development with regard to its curriculum, ethos, physical environment and community relations.
Wrexham’s Healthy Schools Scheme was launched in 2002, and is a member of the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes. The scheme was accredited by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2003. The Scheme is a partnership between Health and Education, which recognises that there are mutual benefits in young people’s health and attainments to be gained.
The scheme demonstrates commitment to supporting and encouraging the growth and implementation of the Personal and Social Education (PSE) framework in schools, in addition to ensuring that national health priorities are considered in the daily life of the school for pupils, staff and the wider community.
How are schools supported?
In Wrexham there is a team of officers dedicated to supporting schools in developing the healthy school scheme.
Schools are supported in developing actions to meet their identified needs, which are planned with clear achievement criteria and methods for monitoring and evaluation following the Ten Point Plan and working towards the National Quality Award. Local networking is facilitated between schools and health organisations and training opportunities are made available for staff.
Typically schools undertake an assessment annually and are accredited for each year of successful participation in the scheme. Schools are awarded their plaque/certificate at the annual celebration event.