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The Whole School Approach

A Healthy School is one that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working. A Healthy School seeks to provide a healthy environment that engages all - children and young people, staff, parents and carers and the wider community through a Whole School Approach.

The Whole School Approach is at the heart of wellbeing work and healthy schools in Cornwall. The Whole School Approach: 

  • aims to develop an ethos and environment that supports learning and promotes the health and wellbeing of all in the school community
  • consults and encourages participation of all within the school community
  • and is an extremely effective, evidence-based school improvement mechanism that brings about and embeds cultural change in schools.

WSA graphic 2015



The World Health Organisation...

 ...recognises the importance of health and wellbeing in the school setting and states that a Healthy School:

“...strives to provide a healthy environment, school health education and school health services, along with school community projects, health promotion programmes for staff, healthier eating, opportunities for physical education and recreation and programmes for counselling, social support and mental health promotion”.

The Public Health England 8 Principles of a Whole School Approach to EHWB provide a good structure in which to reflect on the Whole School Approach.

PHE 8 principles diagram


We will be using the Whole School Approach / 8 Principles as the basis for our support for schools and the new Healthy School Award.