Schools’ healthy attitude to learning is recognised

Anti Bullying Committee, Barby Primary School
Anti Bullying Committee, Barby Primary School

SCHOOLS and centres across the Daventry district have been commended for their work on health and anti-bullying.

A total of eight institutions have been recognised by Northamptonshire County Council’s annual Healthy Schools Awards.

Among them are Barby, Flore and Kislingbury Primary School, who each received anti-bullying accreditation awards.

Barby Primary School headteacher Angela Tilston said: “The bullying award has come around because we have a zero tolerance policy.

“There is a great family attitude at the school and the children have great respect for each other.

“We created an anti-bullying group which children have volunteered to run and the pupils have also designed anti-bullying posters.

“I think every school is aware of bullying but we work as hard as possible to make sure it doesn’t happen and because of that we have never had a big problem. That’s our ethos and something we instill from day one.

“The anti-bullying group have also written out a policy in child speak and this has all been a great feather in their cap.”

The awards also saw Harpole Primary School gain healthy schools status.

A healthy schools enhanced award was also handed to Barby and Kislingbury Primary as well as Falconer’s Hill Juniors.

In the healthy early years category awards were handed to Daventry East Children’s Centre, Long Buckby and Brixworth Children’s Centre and Daventry West Children’s Centre.

Kislingbury headteacher Janet Northing said: “We have worked on two priorities, anti-bullying and emotional health.

“We’ve been trying to cut down on incidents in the playground by giving children roles as play leaders and Olympic ambassadors.

“We also have parents coming in and working with their children on the emotional aspects of learning.”

Healthy schools co-ordinater at Falconer’s Hill Debbie Barton added: “We have done a lot of emotional wellbeing work with children and parents and it’s lovely to be recognised.”

The schools were handed their awards at a ceremony in Northampton on Tuesday.