Healthy Schools - Ysgolion Iach

The community of Tavernspite School is fully committed to the Health Promoting Schools Scheme. We were one of the first schools in Wales to be accredited with the National Quality Award (NQA)in 2011; this is the highest Healthy Schools award to be achieved. The school has been successfully reassessed every two years (2013, 2015, 2019 and currently working on 2021) since to ensure that the healthy practices are further embedded and continually developing.   


National Quality Award

Healthy Schools is an initiative which allows our children to become healthy, capable and ethical citizens. The award is split into seven areas: Food and Fitness; Safety; Hygiene; Mental and Emotional Health and Well-Being; Substance use and Misuse and Relationships and Personal Developments. Each of these areas are incorporated and encapsulated by all the daily habits, routines and of course, the curriculum that is delivered. Here at Tavernspite, we love to trial new initiatives which give our children the best opportunity to experience these seven areas thus allowing our children to be healthy individuals.  

We are considered by Estyn, as being ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Sector Leading’ in this area and as a result frequently offer support to other schools across Wales to improve their provision for developing healthy lifestyles.   

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been imperative to ensure the mental health and well-being of our children and staff is healthy and ready to settle back into a routine. In our class bubbles, we ensure that every child has an opportunity to speak with the class to share any news they may have as well as having the opportunity to speak quietly to an adult if they would prefer. We complete daily check-in sessions in school where we are able to gauge how the children are feeling in themselves. Our teachers ensure the children have peer interactions not only during their break times but within collaborative lesson times and during their lunch when eating. It is crucial that children have these times to socialise and bond together.  

A key learning tool that is used as part of the curriculum that supports the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils is ‘The Wheel of Well-Being.’ The wheel provides a structure for teaching and learning, embodying the emphasis of keeping our minds and our bodies healthy. This wheel has been recently implemented into the school and is incorporated into our everyday routine as well as in many lessons as a tool for the children to learn about and reflect upon.  

At Tavernspite School, we work hard to promote ourselves as an active, healthy school full of energetic children with an admiration to persevere. The school has an array of sports clubs after school which promotes the importance to keep healthy and try something new! Each class has a weekly Health and Well-Being session where they can use our extensive grounds and outdoor area to focus on their PE topic for the term or links to our Wheel of Wellbeing. As well as this, we run our daily mile around our track which we track and award certificates for at the end of the year for completion.  

In line with the New Curriculum, Tavernspite School also offers an extensive range of cross curricular activities linking to the outdoors to ensure the children are outdoors as much as possible. Above all else, the children will follow good leadership. In Tavernspite School, we as staff make a conscience effort to set a good example of a healthy lifestyle to our pupils. Our staff have a running and cycling club and are often seen by families from school and the community.  

All food and drink prepared for the children during school time and After School Club follows Pembrokeshire County Council healthy eating guidelines. During breaktimes we have a ‘fruit only’ policy. Children may either purchase a piece of fruit from our ‘Fruit Tuckshop’ or bring their own from home. Following on from this, we do not condemn birthday cakes or similar treats for birthdays or for school trips etc, instead we recommend a healthy snack. We ask parents of children who bring a packed lunch to school to make every effort to ensure that the packed lunch contains a health eating and drinking selection. This is consistent with our Health Promoting Policy.  

Drinking plenty of cold, fresh water helps to develop concentration skills and the well-being of the individual. We ensure that our children have access to cold, fresh drinking water throughout the school day.  

Health and Well-Being of the whole school community is a key aspect of good and best practice at Tavernspite School.  

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EXCELLENT Standards at Tavernspite School (Estyn 2018)

Estyn Comments

"Pupils at Tavernspite School achieve excellent standards".

"The federation's leadership team have a powerful vision.  They establish high expectations with a strong focus on teaching and learning and share skills and expertise highly successfully".

"The quality of care, support and guidance is excellent".

"Exemplary Provision and Standards" "Excellent" "Very high standard" "Exceptional Progress" "Highly Effective"

Sector Leading Health Promoting School National Quality Award Sector Leading and Outstanding Practice as an Outdoor School Platinum Eco-Schools Award - Welsh Eco-School of the Year First Fairtrade Primary School in Pembrokeshire ICT Quality Mark Winner of the Advanced International Schools Award Quality Standard Award

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