Deputy Mayor celebrates Hayes Primary Healthy Schools London success
London’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, yesterday visited Hayes Primary School in Bromley to celebrate its success in improving pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.
Hayes Primary School received Bronze, Silver and Gold status as part of the Mayor of London’s Healthy Schools London award scheme. The school received the awards for its work to increase independence, confidence and self-esteem among pupils by teaching them thinking, speaking and listening skills and setting up their own awards scheme for pupils.
The Deputy Mayor saw first-hand the impact of the Healthy Schools London programme as she met with peer mediators – pupils who resolve conflicts and issues at break and lunchtimes - and observed break-time interactions between pupils and staff. Joanne also learned about the role of the school’s learning mentors and took part in a Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) lesson for pupils in years 4 and 5 which focused on building confidence.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is supporting early years education and childcare providers in creating healthier, more supportive environments for the children they serve. His Healthy Schools London award scheme gives Bronze, Silver and Gold status to schools which actively encourage children to learn about their health and empower them to develop lifelong healthy habits.
Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, said: “It is vital that London’s pupils are given the tools they need to look after their health mentally as well as physically.
“By teaching children how to engage with, support and improve their emotional wellbeing, they are learning valuable skills that will help them now and in their future.
“The staff and students at Hayes Primary School should be very proud of their hard work in achieving the bronze, silver and gold awards. I hope their work inspires more schools in Bromley to take practical action to support their pupils’ mental health.”
Headteacher, Hayes Primary School, Nivanka Vitarana said: “We are delighted that we were able to show the Deputy Mayor the strategies and resources that we use at Hayes Primary School to support pupils with their wellbeing and mental health.”
Notes to editors
Healthy Schools London is a programme that supports London’s schools to provide an environment and culture that helps their pupils grow up to be healthy, happy and to learn. With an award scheme sponsored by the Mayor of London, the programme recognises and celebrates schools that are making a difference for their pupils. The Healthy Schools London programme supports schools as they work towards these awards, with a network of local coordinators, and a range of resources, tools and advice provided through the website and regular workshops.
Schools wishing to participate in the Heathy Schools London award scheme can find out more here - https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/healthy-schools-london/awards//