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St Minver School

An inclusive primary school on the Camel estuary in North Cornwall.

What we do:

St Minver School is an inclusive primary school and part of the Aspire Primary Academy Trust.  It is located on the Camel estuary in North Cornwall.

We educate primary aged children from 4 to 11 years old.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

The Aspire Academy Trust has made Health and Wellbeing central in its support of all it's staff.

As a member of the Trust we have embraced wellbeing and mindfulness to ensure all staff feel valued.

Encouraging a healthy workplace is key to creating and maintaining a healthy work life balance for the staff.

Training health and wellbeing champions has aided this process and has embedded a positive healthy approach to the workplace.

Recent health and well being activities:

* all staff were encouraged to participate in free NHS health checks

* staff encouraged to participate in physical activity eg. staff weekly fitness group, staff cycling to work, staff running half marathons etc.

* staff supported by management through bereavement, prolonged illness, etc.

*Health and wellbeing champion encouraged other staff members to become champions to develop a team.

* staff actively enrolled in weight groups and discuss their successes

We are a happy, supportive staff who feel valued by our management team.  The door is always open and we genuinely feel that St. Minver School cares about our wellbeing.

- Member of staff
Costs of Ill Health

In 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.  (Working for a healthier tomorrow, Department of Health, March 2008). 

The facts

Musculoskeletal conditions generally rise with age. The age group 50-64 are most affected by sickness absence not to mention the UK 50+ population is expected to increase by 32% between 2008 and 2030.

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