At Garstang Community School we work hard to promote health and well-being in all pupils, staff and parents. To contribute to this we are currently working on achieving Lancashire Healthy Schools status.

What is the Lancashire Healthy Schools Programme?

The Lancashire Healthy Schools Programme has been developed under the National Healthy School Standard and is a partnership project developed by Lancashire LEA, South Lancashire Health Authority, North West Lancashire Health Authority and East Lancashire Health Authority.

The Lancashire Healthy Schools programme aims to:

  • Raise pupil achievement
  • Enhance the health and well-being of pupils, staff and the wider community
  • Support the delivery of the PHSE and Citizenship curriculum
  • Show OFSTED that our school adopts a systematic and constructive approach towards addressing some of the more difficult issues
  • Provide a strategic framework to plan and deliver the most effective course of action to address local and government education and health priorities
  • Provide access to training and resources for teacher’s professional development.
  • Help embed the school within the wider community.
  • Contribute towards staff retention and raising morale.
  • Promote pupil involvement and participation, thereby improving social relationships between pupils and between students and staff.
  • Demonstrate to employees, students and parents that the school takes young people’s health and well-being seriously.

The Lancashire Healthy Schools Programme focuses on twelve Quality Standards. As a school we identify areas for development, write an action plan, complete actions and monitor the impact of this. Below are the 12 standards that we can choose from.

  1. Healthy eating
  2. Physical activity
  3. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco education
  4. Sex & relationships education
  5. Emotional health & well-being
  6. Safety education
  7. PSHEE & Citizenship
  8. Ethos
  9. Partnerships with families & local communities
  10. Leadership, management & monitoring change
  11. Curriculum planning & implementation
  12. Learning & teaching

What is a ‘Healthy School’?

“A Healthy School values all those who work and learn there, addressing the development of the whole person within the context of all aspects of school life.

A Healthy School provides a teaching, learning and listening environment which enhances self esteem and self confidence enabling everyone to fulfil their true potential.

A Healthy School also recognises its wider role in supporting the needs of its staff and young people within the wider sphere of society, culture and community.”

                   Lancashire Healthy Schools Programme ~ Vision Statement

We have been working on gaining our Healthy Eating standard.