Health promoting school

Portlethen Academy has received a top award in recognition of efforts to promote positive health and wellbeing to pupils, staff, parents and the wider school community.

Portlethen is the first academy in Aberdeenshire and one of a few schools in the north east of Scotland to achieve Health Promoting School of Excellence status and were presented with the award on Thursday.

The Pan Grampian Moderation Board presented the award to the school and is made up of education and health representatives from Aberdeen City, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

The assessors for the board noted the school’s health promotion initiatives which have been developed and sustained over a number of years.

The concept behind the Health Promoting Schools scheme is that health promotion is not only taught within the classroom but is reinforced throughout the wider school community.

A health promoting school works to provide children and young people with the confidence, skills, knowledge and resilience they will need to make healthier lifestyle choices, cope with challenges and embrace opportunities throughout their lives.

The Grampian Health Promoting School Accreditation Scheme has three levels of accreditation: commitment, commended and excellence.

To achieve ‘excellence’ schools must meet the criteria for all three levels and host a visit by representatives of the Pan Grampian Moderation Board.

The Health Promoting School approach is a major contributor to meeting the Government’s aim to enable children, young people, and those involved in the wider school community to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, and effective contributors to society.