On 28 February Hackbridge Primary welcomed The Deputy Mayor of London for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney to mark the schools excellent work in achieving Healthy Schools London Gold Award (HSLG) status.
Alongside Joanne we were lucky to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Sutton and Councillor Jenny Batt.
Hackbridge gained their HSLG in July 2018 in recognition of their work to increase physical activity and support the mental health of their pupils. The Deputy Mayor saw first-hand the impact this work is having as she observed a PE lesson, pupils taking part in the Daily Mile and a mindfulness group. This school has previously achieved Healthy Schools London Bronze and Silver Awards.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is supporting schools to create healthier environments for their pupils. His Healthy Schools London programme gives Bronze, Silver and Gold awards to schools that encourage children to learn about their health and develop their motivation to make healthy choices. The Mayor is also a strong supporter of the Daily Mile – a campaign that encourages all schools to get their pupils moving every day to improve their overall fitness and wellbeing.
Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, said:
“It’s hugely important that children of all ages are given the tools they need to look after their physical and mental wellbeing. By helping pupils to be active in PE sessions and through the Daily Mile, and by encouraging mindfulness from a young age, our Healthy Schools London programme empowers children and their parents, guardians and teachers to make healthy choices every day. The staff and students at Hackbridge Primary School should be very proud of their hard work in achieving the Gold Award. I hope their success inspires more schools to sign up to Healthy Schools London.”
Alison Stafford, Healthy Schools Manager, Healthy Schools London, Health Team, GLA said:
“Just a note to say a huge thank to you and all of your staff and pupils for such a fantastic visit earlier today. Your pupils were amazingly articulate and your staff were knowledgeable and supportive. What a wonderful school community you have! You are clearly providing the pupils with lots of opportunities to be active with The Daily Mile, sports clubs and Go Noodle as well as supporting their emotional wellbeing and mental health with the happiness manifesto and encouraging the pupils to take an active role in running the school with school councillors and Sports Supremos.”