Assessors from the Welsh Assembly Government Healthy Working Wales Team, recently visited Ysgol Aberconwy to carry out an inspection in the two key areas of the standard, organisational support and specific health issues. Following the inspection, the school have been awarded the Corporate Health Standard Silver Award.
The assessors recognised the changes that had taken place over the last five years, the role of the Headteacher in leading the change, and the determination to put people first by involving both students and staff not only in the scope of policies but also in an extensive range of activities and initiatives to support health and well-being.
The Corporate Health Standard is a continuous journey of good practice and improvement, and it can be used as a tool to support the development of policies that promote the health and well-being of employees. The standard is measured on two aspects, organisational support which considers the ethos and culture within an organisation and looks at areas such as senior level commitment, employee engagement and managing for health and safety. The second aspect, specific health issues, which looks at the management of key preventable ill-health issues in the workplace, focuses on areas such as mental health and well-being, diet and physical activity.
The report highlighted many benefits at Ysgol Aberconwy in terms of the Corporate Health Standard for example, the appointment of a Well-being Co-ordinator and the emphasis on safety, health and well-being evidenced throughout the school and our close working partnership with Sodexo.
Rhydian Jones, Ysgol Aberconwy’s Well-being Co-ordinator stated, “I’m delighted as a school that we have achieved the Silver award. I’m even more thrilled with the fact we’re actually the first secondary school in Wales to have achieved this status too. It demonstrates the clear and strong commitment we have within the school to both student and staff health and well-being.”
“As a school we take health and well-being seriously and I’m pleased to see the hard work from staff and students has been rewarded with the achievement of the Silver Corporate Health Standard Award. Moving forward are sights are set on the platinum award and we will as one team work towards this, whilst following our school well-being motto of, we work well when we are well for work.” Added Ian Gerrard, Headteacher.