19 June 2012>
Markham Primary School has become the first school in Caerphilly to achieve the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme National Quality Award.It is one of only 18 schools throughout Wales to achieve this prestigious award.
The national assessor stated that there was something special about Markham – that there was a wonderful ethos throughout the whole school. They also commented on the Head Teachers passion for developing the health and well-being of all members of the school and local community.
Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Cabinet Member for Education congratulated the school, "To receive this award is a great commendation to the team at Markham Primary. This award along with the positive changes seen by the community shows their head work and dedication is achieving outstanding results."
Markham Primary has always strived to develop strong links with the community. This was further highlighted in the assessor's report, as they felt that family and community involvement is an outstanding feature within the school.
All staff, governors and pupils are knowledgeable of the healthy schools scheme and this is evident throughout the daily life of the school.
The Head Teacher, Mrs Gill Crandon was thrilled to achieve this award, adding that "as a team we work really well together to make the school the heart of the community, and I feel that this award certainly reflects this".
The healthy schools scheme aims to tackle all areas of health and well-being including food and fitness, mental and emotional health, environmental issues and global citizenship, personal development, safety and hygiene. It also actively encourages pupil participation in all aspects of school life. In order to achieve the National Quality Award, a school must demonstrate excellence in all of these areas.
Markham primary school has been involved in the scheme for 9 years, during which staff, governors, pupils and parents have seen many positive changes to children's behaviour and lifestyle patterns.
For further information contact the Healthy Schools Team on 01443 864947.
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