healthy Schools from across the city were applauded by civic leaders last week.
Pupils from 26 schools descended on the debating chamber at Leeds Civic Hall to receive awards for obtaining Healthy School status and to vote on their top priorities for the city’s health.
The Healthy School Status is awarded to schools which meet certain criteria like having a lunch service that meets national standards, free drinking water, a no-smoking policy and a clear anti-bullying policy.
The event last Thursday showcased some of the good work the schools have done over the year. It included presentations from four schools as well as examples of physical activity work.
The schools were presented with their awards and plaques by two councillors who specialise in health and families responsibilities.
Lead member for health Coun Josie Jarosz and lead member for children and families Coun Jane Dowson also gave keynote speeches about the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Leeds.
Coun Dowson said: “Teaching children about maintaining a healthy lifestyle both physically and emotionally is very important to the wellbeing of pupils. The schools should be proud of their achievements and are shining examples of the great work being carried out in Leeds to provide our children and young people with a complete education.”
Coun Jarosz said:“It is vital that schools play a leading role in helping pupils understand the importance of their own health and wellbeing, and the impact it can have on their education as well as their life outside of school. By achieving the healthy school status these schools are demonstrating a commitment to their pupils and staff alike.”