St John’s Primary wins healthy schools award

St John's Primary Academy, Clifton, presented with the Healthy School Award. Pictured are Helen Lever, trevor Harris, Dominic Rayner, Emma Poulter and Kath Gregson
St John's Primary Academy, Clifton, presented with the Healthy School Award. Pictured are Helen Lever, trevor Harris, Dominic Rayner, Emma Poulter and Kath Gregson

St John’s C.E. Primary Academy has been presented with a National Healthy School award after successfully implementing a project to improve the health of their students.

Pupils cheered as the school was presented with a plaque by Healthy Schools consultant Trevor Harris, The award recognises the efforts the school has made in improving the health and wellbeing of its pupils.

One of the cornerstones of the school’s success has been the healthy, varied foods served to the pupils. New dishes are introduced regularly, with the children invited to taste each dish and decide whether it meets their exacting standards.

The meals certainly have a global flavour, but the ingredients can be found closer to home. Vegetables are sourced directly from the school’s own vegetable patch and used in the dishes. Pupils are invited to try each meal before they are introduced to the menu.

The school’s Principal, Helen Lever, stressed that the award was not solely based on the outstanding menu on offer.

“We promote health and wellbeing in all aspects of our pupils’ lives. The school has numerous projects to improve the health of the pupils, from the ‘Park and Stride’ scheme to an increased emphasis on P.E.

“We help maintain our pupils’ health through online information packs and fun physical activities. The classes we run range from Karate to Crown Green bowling.”