Healthy School

 Trim TrailWhat is a healthy school?

A healthy school cares for its pupils, its staff and the whole community it serves.

A healthy school is successful in helping pupils to do their best and build on their achievements.  It is committed to on going improvement and development.  It promotes physical and emotional health by equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health.  A healthy school understands the importance of investing in health to assist the process of raising levels of pupil achievement and improving standards. It also recognises the need to provide both a physical and social environment that is conducive to learning.

Our Vision

Here at Bourne Abbey we are committed to the 'Healthy Schools' ethos.  We understand that the Programme isn't just about physical health, it's about good health and happiness inside and out.  And it's not just about pupils either; a Healthy School involves the whole school community - from parents to governors to school staff - in improving their health and their happiness and getting the most out of life.

A healthy place to be

Children in Healthy Schools feel healthier, happier and safer.  Their parents feel more involved in their child's health and learning and often feel better themselves.  The Healthy Schools programme brings sustained improvement in behaviour and standards of work.

Our Aims

The impact of the programme is based on a whole-school approach to physical and emotional well-being focused on four core themes:

  • Personal, Social & Health Education
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Healthy & Well being

Making the difference with healthy choices

  Breakfast Club

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it kick starts our metabolism and gives us energy for the morning ahead until lunchtime.  We encourage the children to have the right breakfast to feel alert and ready to begin lessons.



 Ideal LogoChildren are able to enjoy a healthy hot meal if they so wish. There are four healthy options from which to choose every day; jacket potatoes, salad, fruit and yoghurts are always available.

The children spend time learning about healthy choices for their lunchboxes.  All of the classrooms have colourful table cloths at lunchtime.  Following regular lunch audits conducted by the School Council, each class receives and discusses the results of their own class survey to see how balanced the meals are in our lunch boxes.  They have also set their own class target and decide what they can do to help achieve even more healthy packed lunches!  Many parents/carers already do an excellent job in providing their children with a healthy balanced lunch.

 BikeabilityWe recognise the importance of physical health and the lifelong advantages physical exercise has on our lives.  We encourage the children to use exercise in their daily routine and not just during sporting activities.

At Bourne Abbey we create many healthy activities these are just a few examples:



We take part in the WOW (Walk Out Whenever) initiative (Key Stage 2) and the Steposaurus (Key Stage1). These encourage children to walk to school.


As well as encouraging children to walk to school we also encourage them to scoot or cycle. The school provide facilities for children to safely store cycles, scooters and helmets. Upper KS2 children can participate in the ‘Bikeability’ scheme, whereby they are instructed in the safe riding of bicycles on the road.

Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL): Improving behaviour, improving learning

SEAL aims to develop the underpinning qualities and skills that help promote positive behaviour and effective learning. It focuses on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.  The programme helps children develop skills such as understanding another's point of view, working in a group, sticking at things when they get difficult, resolving conflict and managing worries.

Year 5 and 6 children are trained as playleaders and peer mediators to help to ensure the younger children enjoy their playtimes.