About the Surrey Healthy Schools Scheme

Surrey Healthy Schools is a joint project between Education and Health services across the county. 

Healthy Schools provides a framework for schools to co-ordinate, develop and improve all areas of PSHE, including Relationships and Sex, Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Education in line with the National Guidance and best practice.

A team of education advisers provide support to schools on becoming healthier places for staff and pupils to work and learn. 

Healthy Schools in Surrey is an opportunity for schools to actively promote the health and wellbeing of the whole-school community. It is a commitment to promoting personal, social and health development and support the links between health, behaviour and achievement. It is not aimed merely at pupils’ health or school curriculum development but centres around the whole school environment and all aspects of school life.

'Good schools will be active promoters of health in childhood and adolescence, because healthy children with high self-esteem learn and behave better at school.' Healthy Living, Healthy Lives DoH 2010

For more information on the healthy schools themes, please visit ‘The four themes of Healthy Schools’. For guidance on the award scheme, please visit the ‘Apply for a Surrey Healthy Schools Award’ section.

For all general enquiries, please contact susan.skinner@surreycc.gov.uk

What are the benefits of being a Healthy School?

A healthy school…

  • Identifies, develops and communicates a positive message and appropriate values in relation to the health and well-being of the whole school community
  • Actively values and promotes the self-esteem of all members of the school community, develops good relationships in the daily life of the school and is welcoming and open to parents and the wider community
  • Is successful in helping pupils and staff do their best and celebrates their achievements
  • Promotes good communication within the whole school community ensuring that pupils and staff are given an effective voice in whole school decision making
  • Provides an accessible and relevant PSHE / Citizenship programme which enables pupils to develop their skills and attitudes in order to make informed choices about their health and to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness
  • Invests in the physical and emotional health of staff and pupils to help improve standards and raise achievement
  • Provides a range of opportunities beyond the curriculum which promote the development of skills