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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
Sickness Absence

Annually the average sickness absence is 3.5% (8 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £666.  If you employ 100 people sickness absence is costing your business £66,000 each year.  (CIPD Employee Absence, July 2008). 

Working Days Lost

According to HSE, 36 million days were lost in 2008 as a result of work-related ill health or workplace injury. The worst performing organisations lost an average of 12 working days per employee [CBI/AXA].

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