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Healthy Schools

We have recently received confirmation that we have gained Healthy School status for 2018. Please read the letter we received from Sarah Hudson from Rochdale Council which was sent to us with our certificate. 


At St. John's we are extremely proud of our Healthy Schools status.  As a Healthy School we meet the criteria in four core areas. These criteria relate not only to the taught curriculum but also to the emotional, physical and learning environment that the school provides.  These areas are:

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Healthy Eating

Physical Activity

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health (EWMH)

The core areas are separated here for the sake of clarity, but we address them all at the same time, as they are both interrelated and interdependent.

At St. John's we take a whole school approach in order to:

  1. Develop an ethos and environment that supports learning and promotes the health and wellbeing of all
  2. Engage, consult and encourage participation of all within the school community
  3. Create an extremely effective school improvement mechanism which brings about and embeds cultural and behavioural change in schools


Further information on how we cover these areas can be found across our website


Healthy Eating

We have a nutritionally balanced school lunch menu and we encourage parents to provide healthy packed lunches.  Children drink water throughout the day.  Healthy Eating is also covered in the Curriculum.  


We have a rigorous programme of recording and monitoring allergy information and work with parents and healthy professionals to draw up care plans where appropriate.  For children with specific dietary needs we provide tailored menus to meet those needs.


Physical Activity

At St. John's we have a comprehensive PE Curriculum which is supported by extra curricular activity programme and additional Forest School sessions.  We encourage all children to take part in the extra curricular activities on offer and fund places for those children in receipt of pupil premium.   We ensure our extra curriculum activities are also accessible to any children with disabilities and additional support is provided.  Inter School competitions are organised frequently and the children relish the opportunity to take part in competitive  sports.  


We have recently introduced Playground Pals to enhance the games and activities on offer at play and lunch time.  Structured lunchtime groups are also provided for those children who need additional support at lunchtimes.


PSHE & Emotional Health & Wellbeing

At St. John's we have a committed approach the health and well-being of all our children and we actively encourage pupil voice.  We do this through a number of ways in our teaching of both the PSHE curriculum, wider curriculum areas and the work on Growth Mind-set and mindfullness.


We hope you are all enjoying the holidays in the beautiful sunshine- don't forget to take a photograph of an amazing thing in God's wonderful world. Wherever you visit- near or far look at God's fabulous creations, take a photograph and email it into school or print it out so we can create a beautiful display!