Leeds pupils have their say on health

Pupils from Rawdon Littlemoor enjoying fruit kebabs at the healthy school awards.
Pupils from Rawdon Littlemoor enjoying fruit kebabs at the healthy school awards.
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leeds Schoolchildren voted on their health priorities at an awards ceremony in the council chamber.

Pupils from 16 schools gathered at Leeds Civic Hall earlier this week to receive awards for obtaining Healthy School status.

The children also made use of the voting system within the council chamber to outline their top three health and wellbeing priorities for the city.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive member for children and families 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.”

The councillor and her colleague, Coun Jane Dowson, lead member for learning, delivered keynote speeches about the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Leeds. They also presented the schools with their awards.

Coun Mulherin added: “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 the skills they need to thrive.”

Schoolchildren received certificates and the schools will get plaques to celebrate their achievements.

The National Healthy Schools Status is awarded to schools which meet certain criteria. It includes having a lunch service that meets national standards, providing free drinking water, having a no-smoking policy and a clear anti-bullying policy.

The event also showcased some of the good work the schools have done over the year to become award winners.