The Baird Primary Academy achieve 'Healthy Schools Excellence Award'

Over the last couple of years, The Baird Primary Academy have been working extremely hard on their pupil’s personal development and ensuring that they encourage them to lead healthy lifestyles in terms of both their physical and emotional wellbeing. ‘The Empowerment Approach’ is particularly one huge strand of this which is all about supporting children who struggle with challenging behaviour whilst establishing a whole school approach, placing young people’s self-awareness at its heart. Alongside this, the academy has been working on developing their healthy eating strategy, amongst many other things to help provide and equip their pupils for the healthiest possible lifestyle, in school and beyond.

In light of the work The Baird were doing, and upon completion of the School Health Check tool (a self-assessment tool that supports schools to assess themselves against four strands of the Healthy Schools Award – PSHE/ PE / Social, Emotional and Mental Health / Health Eating), Principal of The Baird Primary Academy, Carly Welch was approached by the East Sussex Healthy Schools team to see if they would like to be assessed for the Excellence Award to recognise their work. On Friday 29 April, The Baird were assessed to gain the accreditation for the award and successfully achieved this. This classifies The Baird with a self-validated healthy schools status and are proudly the first Trust Academy to achieve the award, being only the fifth in East Sussex.

The Baird are extremely proud to have reached their goal in achieving the Healthy Schools Excellence Award and recognise it as a collaborative effort of all pupils, parents/carers, and staff.

The University of Brighton Academies Trust are delighted with the accomplishment and are thrilled that The Baird are supporting our pupils in their development to grow healthily, safely, and responsibly. Congratulations!