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Sandy Hill Academy

We are a primary school which is part of a Multi Academy Trust.

What we do:

We are responsible for caring and teaching children from 3 years to 11 years old.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

Aspire Academy Trust is committed to being a mindful organisation that actively values the health and wellbeing of everyone in it. As part of the trust our school has recruited two health and wellbeing champions. Following this we then embarked on the Healthy Workplace Award Programme.

Recent health and well being activities:

We have held a morning's Health & Wellbeing for all staff.  Cornwall Sports Partnership came into school with 4 different activities for us all to try.  We used the morning to learn new skills -  badminton, table tennis, archery & bowls and also an IT based back pain prevention workshop.  The morning was very successful, the amount of laughter ringing through the school was amazing.  We found that it brought staff together who don't often work closely, gave staff a chance to unwind and enjoy their time.  Half way through the morning we all enjoyed a fresh fruit salad and water refreshment.  We have had positive feedback from staff and we have now purchased are own table tennis table as it proved to be very popular.


The whole school got involved in our 'Rainbow' event in aid of raising money for our local charity Little Harbour Children's Hospice Southwest.  Everyone came to school wearing the colours of the rainbow, the children and staff took part in a run.  The run was to see how many miles as a school we could achieve, our aim was from Lands End to John 'O Groats. We beat that by quite a few miles!  We also held a cake sale in the afternoon inviting parents/carers and family members into school.  The day was fantastic and we raised an amazing £750 for Little Harbour.

"The implementation of the Health and well being champions has been very important to us as an Academy.  The impact within our school has been overwhelmingly positive."

- Director
Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

Top Tip

“When we think of young people’s health, we think of schools being a key space for engagement, for adults the workplace is a similar space”- Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England Programme Lead for Health and Work.

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