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Top marks for health and happiness in Tower Hamlets' schools

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Children running The Daily Mile in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets

The Mayor of London has released the latest list of Healthy Schools London award winners, which revealed the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to be the most successful borough in London.

Tower Hamlets achieved the highest number of awards by borough in every category — Gold (58) Silver (97) and Bronze (84) — accounting for approximately one-in-ten of all awards given across greater London.

It was also one of just twelve boroughs (32 total; 28 participating) to achieve a 100 per cent school’s registration rate in the Healthy Schools London programme.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

"These awards are a fantastic example of our borough’s commitment to supporting children, young people and families. In addition to having some of the best education outcomes in the country, I am pleased that we are working so hard to try and ensure that our students are also amongst the happiest and healthiest.

“Thanks to everyone who has contributed to our Healthy Schools London success including our Healthy Lives team, families, students and of course, the schools themselves.”

Cllr Asma Begum, deputy mayor and cabinet member for children, youth services, education and equalities, said:

“To win more awards than any borough in every category is a remarkable success — congratulations. As a parent myself, with children who go to school in Tower Hamlets, I’m personally very pleased to know that they are in the best place possible in terms of Healthy Schools.”

Fanoula Smith, Chair of Tower Hamlets’ Full Heads Consultative, said:

“We are incredibly proud of our Healthy Lives team, which supports our schools to prioritise and promote the health and wellbeing of our students. Thank you to the team, and our schools, for their continued purpose and passion aimed at improving the health and happiness of our children and young people.”

The Healthy Schools programme is endorsed by the Mayor of London and aims to promote health and happiness for all children through schools, for example, by promoting healthy food choices at lunchtime and by encouraging active lifestyles through walking or cycling.

Schools can help children to learn about their health and develop their motivation and ability to make healthy choices. The benefits go beyond health – we know that when children are healthy and happy at school, they can achieve more.

Many schools in Tower Hamlets are already doing great work to support their student’s health and wellbeing. The Healthy Schools London programme supports schools to go further.

Healthy Schools London awards recognise a school’s individual achievement in supporting the health and wellbeing of their pupils.

  • Bronze - is awarded to schools that complete an online whole school health and wellbeing review and achieve the requirements.
  • Silver - if a school has a valid and up-to-date bronze award, they can work with the Tower Hamlets' Healthy Lives team to plan an intensive health improvement plan for their school. This will focus on measurable outcomes that will really improve health and wellbeing for pupils.
  • Gold - school's must hold a valid bronze and silver award to get a gold award. A gold award is a fantastic achievement for any school and shows they have made major differences to the everyday health and wellbeing of their students and the wider school community.

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Notes to editors:

About the Tower Hamlets’ Healthy Lives team

The Healthy Lives team works with all school staff, pupils, parents, and governors to support, encourage and enable children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

Visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/healthylives for more information.

About Healthy Schools London

Visit www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/health/healthy-schools-london/awards/home to view all registered and award-winning schools across London.

Posted on Tuesday 14th December 2021