Ysgol Bryn Deva was awarded the NQA (National Quality Award) for Healthy Schools during the “Celebration” event at Ysgol Gwynedd on Friday 14th July 2017. Ysgol Bryn Deva is the tenth school in Flintshire to achieve this prestigious award.
In order to be entered for the National Award the school had to demonstrate excellence in all seven of the Healthy Schools indicators, which include food and fitness, personal development, substance use and misuse, safety, environment, hygiene and wellbeing.
NQA assessors spent 2 days at Ysgol Bryn Deva, and met with children, including members of the School Council, staff, governors and parents as well as visiting breakfast club, the school canteen and experiencing life on the yard at playtimes!
By achieving the National Quality Award, staff and children of Ysgol Bryn Deva have demonstrated that they are firmly committed to an approach which develops the whole school as a health promoting workplace.
Mrs Croston, Headteacher at Ysgol Bryn Deva said “The most brilliant thing is the improvement in our pupils’ life chances as a result of joining this scheme, and this is the most important gift you can give to any child. In particular, the whole school project which has been led by Lucy Smith and Steve Thomas called ‘Touching the Sky’ has improved the health and fitness of pupils and staff in school. Pupils who are the most vulnerable have particularly benefited from this project. Incidentally, academic achievement has also improved through improved engagement and concentration following fitness sessions. All outcomes have been measured and targeted to make future improvements. A further incidental outcome has been recognition from Estyn of sector leading practice, which has led to improved publicity for the school and the school becoming better thought of amongst the community. Publicity from achieving the NQA award has further advanced this. It has given us something to be very very proud of.”
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