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Hertfordshire Healthy Schools - Enhanced Successes

We would like to congratulate the following schools who have achieved HfL Healthy Schools enhanced status:

The Grove Infant and Nursery School

Warren Dell SchoolPhoto 1 : A vibrant wallpaper choice in the dining room was displayed, encouraging the children to talk about and identify healthy food.







Warren Dell SchoolPhoto 2: Work displayed from our new PSHE scheme 'Jigsaw'. This 'puzzle' was called 'Dreams and Goals'. The children worked co-operatively to produce imaginary creatures that might live in a garden/

It was really enjoyable forming our 'TED' (Together Everyone Decides) team. The children's ideas on becoming healthy were really interesting. One suggestion to promote our daily mile came from a Year 2 child. She said we should see if we can run enough miles to cover the distance from here to Scotland.






Warren Dell School

Warren Dell SchoolEach classroom has a 'How is your mental health today?' display which children can access and move their name appropriately. The teacher then finds time to speak to children who have shown they need it e.g. sadness/ fear/ anger. Each class has had a mental health lesson, a whole school assembly and we have mindfulness sessions booked in for our school sports week. Alongside this each child has had a protective behaviours lesson where they identify adults they can talk to if they feel unsafe.






Roebuck Primary School and Nursery

Roebuck Primary School and Nursery was awarded Healthy Schools Enhancement Award in May 2015 and are the first school in Stevenage to be awarded this achievement.

Following the successful completion of the Hertfordshire Healthy Schools Programme, Roebuck Primary School has gone on to achieve enhanced status. The school focused on improving the lunch time experience for pupils in the school. This involved enhancing the dining room environment and developing the activities and resources that were available for children at lunch times.

Our priorities were

  • To improve the dining room environment
  • To improve emotional health and wellbeing in children at lunch times.
  • To provide opportunities for pupil voice to have an impact on school improvement.

As a newly built school we had lots of white walls, a long and narrow dining room and our dining room was not felt to be child friendly.

The school council were involved in the initial set up of the project and as a result quickly gained in confidence and led the project until it was completed. The use of pupil voice had a big impact on the project. The school council gained the views of pupils, implemented actions and created new actions. They used their initiative and wrote to local business for sponsership. The school council held a competition to name the dining room. In addition, designs were created to brighten up the room. An artist was employed to bring these ideas to life.

The top table, an idea of a KS1 pupil was brought to life. A table decorated with table cloth and flowers is set up each Friday. MSA’S nominate a child from each class who has demonstrated improved behaviour in the dining room, which includes good manners. Certificates are awarded in Friday’s achievement assembly and these children will be served by the school council whilst having their dinner on the top table.

The newly brought salad bar was a welcome addition to the dining room and has encouraged all children and staff to try out new vegetables with their meal.

Feedback from the pupils included comments such as

‘ I have the salad every day, I love it. There are different options every day. ‘

‘I love the new dining room especially the paintings and the colour. It makes me feel happy when I come in!’

‘The top table is great.’

We’ve got one of the best cooks in the world! We get a balanced diet with good choices.’

’ During the inspection, two members of the school council gave the Healthy School advisors a tour of their school, had lunch with the inspectors and the whole of the school council were interviewed. The children spoke proudly of their achievements but also identified next steps. The school motto ‘Dream, Believe and Achieve’ was enforced throughout this project.

As well as the school council other stake holders such as governors, teaching staff, parents and MSA’s were fully involved in the changes implemented. Roles were allocated linked with targets on the action plan

The school has also worked extremely hard to improve the outdoor experiences for children at lunchtimes to promote their physical & social interactions.

As part of the Healthy School subscription entitlements we were able to book half a day training on playtime games and advice on how to interact with pupils on the playground. As a result of this training our playtime was seen to be highly successful. All pupils were fully engaged, behaviour was seen to be very good and all MSA’s were confident to set up, lead and engage in a variety of sporting activities.

Parents and governors feedback comments included

‘My child is a lot happier at lunch times.’

‘It helps boost the children’s morale and has helped the behaviour at lunchtimes.’

‘ It is good to see the MSA’s more interactive with the children at lunchtime.’

The dining room is now a more attractive and welcoming environment. Lunch times are positive and engaging experience for all.

Case Study Roebuck Primary School and Nursery - Enhanced HfL Healthy School Award

Roebuck Primary School and Nursery is located in the Broad Water area of Stevenage. The school achieved healthy school enhanced status in January 2017 following a year on the programme and a successful accreditation visit from the healthy school adviser.

The area of priority for our HfL Healthy Schools enhanced work was ‘’To improve the online safety for pupils, parents, staff and governors.’ This was a focus area following the feedback from healthy schools advisers and from the school’s Jarv visit which highlighted that there was no whole school esafety policy in place.

An action plan was drawn up which had the input of all staff and pupils. This action plan was shared with governors throughout the project. Through the implementation of the action plan we created an understanding of the online risks for pupils and adults. We ensured everyone in the school community had a greater understanding of how to stay safe. They now know where to access and find support if needed.

School council were fully involved from the beginning and took responsibility for the project. A computing themed week initiated the start of the project. The school council led a learning walk around the school to look for signs of eSafety in the school. They found no evidence. This was shared with all pupils and staff. School council designed their own SMART rules using ideas from all classes. These were shared with the school in an assembly. These are now on display in classrooms and the media room. These rules are discussed in each lesson. There are now two big displays in the entrance and media room to share our SMART rules with parents and the community.

Year 6 created videos on how to deal with Cyberbullying which will be revisited yearly. E safety assemblies are now planned in every half term. The whole school were taught an eSafety song but now wish to create their own lyrics to a rap. Staff and Governors received training around online risks. The school has written an eSafety policy and created a parent friendly version. There is now an eSafety section on the school’s new website. HFL led parent workshops. Safeguarding is a standing item for briefing meetings and staff meetings. ESafety lead worked with an advisor from HFL to create an eSafety mark award for other schools.

We celebrated the completion of the action plan with a ‘Celebrate Technology day’. We made links with the local community. Year 2 visited Tescos to find out how technology is used safely at work whilst Year 4 visited the football ground. Visitors include parents to talk about the positive aspects of technology in the workplace. Reverting Robots worked with classes on programming and coding. Emergency services attended to talk about how technology can be used. A QR code trail was set up around the school. Secondary schools Thomas Alleyne and Barnwell came and delivered workshops. Car robot wars was a huge success with Year 3. Stevenage museum delivered workshops to EYFS using the story Peepo to show what life was like before technology. All classes were off timetable and took part in eSafety and technology lessons.

A new action plan has been created to develop digital leaders in the school. School Council are working on devising job descriptions. This role will then be introduced in a whole school assembly. Key members of staff will train the digital leaders. Two members of each class will then be given the responsibility of delivering eSafety messages at the start of each lesson.

Pupils will be taught about the dangers of recreational screen time and possible addiction. They will also be asked to think about the possible impact social media can have on future prospects. The PSHE curriculum map will be used across the school to plan in teaching about these areas. Each class also has a weekly aspirations lesson which will be used to highlight positive on line behaviours.

A yearly eSafety questionnaire for pupils will be introduced. CEOP training will be used to support and upskill computing lead and eSafety lead.

Staff realise that online safety is a shared safeguarding responsibility and are now fully aware of the risks to children and adults online.