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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:

Having had health checks for all staff and health questionnaires completed we were able to highlight that dehydration was an issue within our workplace. We designed an informative leaflet highlighting the health benefits from drinking water. We brought in a water cooler for the staff room. We gave every member of staff a water bottle along with the leaflet with the encouragement of staying hydrated. This has had a very positive impact with staff reporting that headaches have disappeared.

Having entered the winter season with coughs and colds flying around and staff with the winter blues we decided to have 'Vitamins in a Cup'.  The staff room became the juicing and smoothie station for the morning.  We had a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to use in the  juices and smoothies for all to enjoy. Staff enjoyed trying new flavours.  One colleague who does not usually partake in eating fruit or vegetables enjoying the juices that much that this was going to be there regular 5 a day intake!  Everyone felt uplifted and fresher after the juices/smoothies.

"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
Top tip

Make sure you work with employees who show an early interest in the programme.

This will help get the project started and create early successes.

MIND

Mind, a Mental Health Charity, released a report in May 2011 claiming that UK businesses could save £8 billion per year if they managed workplace stress properly. 

The survey also found that 41% of workers experience stress, making it more of a concern than personal finances, health and relationships. 

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