Sir Thomas Picton School - NQA Award

National Quality Award Healthy Schools at Sir Thomas Picton School

The school has achieved the Phase 6 Healthy Schools Award (NQA) in 2009 and was one of the first secondary schools in Wales to be honoured with this Award. It took several years to achieve this qualification as outlined below;

2000/2001 - 1st Phase | 2002 - 2nd Phase | 2003 - 3rd Phase | 2005 - 4th Phase | 2008 - 5th Phase.

The school has been reassessed three times since in 2011, 2013 and 2016 to check that as a school we are maintaining and continuous improvement is being demonstrated throughout. STP is one of only two secondary schools in Pembrokeshire who have gained this qualification.

The Healthy Schools programme at Sir Thomas Picton enables and supports our school to plan and implement health and well-being improvements for the pupils in our care. Pupils, Staff and Governors are actively involved by covering the seven modules- including Food and Fitness, Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Personal Development and Relationships, Substance Use and Misuse, Environment, Safety and Hygiene within the curriculum.

As a school we promote both physical and emotional health by providing accessible and relevant information that equips pupils and staff with the understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. Pupils flourish in a positive environment and are given a voice to influence whole-school decisions through Form, Year and School Council. As a healthy school we understand the importance of investing in health to help pupils and staff raise levels of achievement, improve standards and develop policies and practices to promote health.

We have adopted a whole-school approach, involving the whole-school community, parents/carers, governors, staff and pupils to improving children’s health. The process is needs-led and supports the school development plan in striving for continual improvement.

We have recently adopted the Restorative Practice Programme as a whole school approach with all staff involved, they have been issued with guidelines and are presently training as Mindfulness Mentors.

Year 8 students have taken part in the ASSIST programme regarding Smoking Prevention as part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s ongoing drive to reduce inequalities in health. Whilst a number of Year 8 have become Peer Supporters.

Food Hygiene Rating 5 awarded to school catering for following the Food Standards Agency ‘Safer Food, Better Business’ procedures. The school follows the Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards and Requirements) (Wales) Regulations 2013 (‘Healthy Eating in Schools Regulations’) formerly known as Appetite for Life.

The following awards and qualifications are a few the school has achieved recently;

- The John Muir Award

- 360 degree Safe Cymru

- Welsh Rugby Union - School of Rugby Award

- National Participation Standards Kitemark

- Sustainable Schools Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold

- Active Mark Cymru 2014 - 2017

- Winners of Pembrokeshire schools' 2012 and 2013 in Tenby museum - Art

- Winners of Pembrokeshire schools' KS3, KS4 and KS5 2015 Oriel q Narberth - Art

- Alex Wright winner for STP in Pembrokeshire schools' 2016 - Art

- Winners and highly commended in Rotary Young Photographers Competition 2015

- Sixbyfour fund raiser Narberth every year


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