St James’s Primary awarded Enhanced Healthy Schools status

Education / Fri 19th Mar 2021 at 08:40am

ST James’ CofE Primary School on Paringdon Road, is thrilled to announce that they have been awarded Enhanced Healthy Schools status, in recognition of the hard work and impressive outcomes the school has achieved in improving the health and wellbeing of students through a whole-school approach.

Essex Child and Wellbeing Service said that it is very evident that the emotional health and wellbeing of your pupils are at the heart of the school, with a clear commitment by the senior leadership team, staff, pupils, parents and govenors to ensure that the pupils are happy, healthy and feel safe and listened to. There has been a clear commitment by everyone to ensure that effective strategies and projects are available for your pupils to utilise and have their voice heard. Well done on achieving your Enhanced Healthy School Status.

Michelle Dutton PSHE Lead and Year 6 teacher , who led the initiative to achieve Enhanced status said, “Through the commitment of staff, we were able support our pupils through the unprecedented periods of lockdown – not just by adapting the way we teach, but by prioritising their mental health and wellbeing.

When the children were in school, we were then able to have invaluable discussions on the importance of (and what constitutes as) a healthy relationship, as well as the concept of consent being addressed across the whole school, during timetabled PSHE lessons.

Parents have voiced sincere gratitude for the emotional support their children received during the lockdown periods – particularly the many competitions and challenges – not to mention the fun class Zooms and phone calls from class teachers to offer support”.

Gina Bailey, Executive Head of St James’ said “Michelle and I attended an event over two years ago, where we were introduced to the idea of achieving Enhanced status. We knew that the school has absolute commitment to ensuring all our children being provided with excellent emotional and academic support, and at that time Michelle said that she was going to make sure St James’ achieved it. Well done to all the staff for a brilliant achievement!”

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