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Healthy Schools

We have recently received confirmation that we have gained Healthy School status for 2019. Please read the letter we received from Andrea Eadsforth 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.


PSHCE- Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education 

We follow the Heartsmart scheme for PSHCE which focuses on the four areas above as well as developing children's Growth Mind-set and  Christian Values through five Heartsmart rules. For more information about this see the PSHCE section in curriculum and this website.



At St. John's we have a committed approach the mental health and well-being of all our children and staff.  The Department for Education (DfE) recognises that: “in order to help their pupils succeed; schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy”. We do this through our PSHCE curriculum, wider curriculum areas and the work on Growth Mind-set and mindfulness. For more information about this have a look at our Well-being Policy and Well-being section under key information on this website. 


Have a look in the parent section under Sugar SMART to see what we are doing in school to reduce and swap sugary foods!

We are really excited to welcome all our children back on Monday! Look out for our display on the school gates of beautiful blue hearts the children have made to welcome everyone back!