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St Stephen Churchtown Academy

Primary School

What we do:

We are responsible for the education and care of children aged 3-11.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

St Stephen Churchtown Academy is committed to obtaining a healthy and positive mindset for all staff. As part of Aspire Multi Academy Trust, we have been part of the Healthy Workplace Award Programme for some time now. We also have two health and wellbeing champions; both of which strive to attain happiness for all who work within academy.

Recent health and well being activities:

In the last year, we have hosted and participated in many events and excursions surrounding the health and wellbeing of our staff.
One of which being the "Healthy Workplace Initiative". We hosted this event for our staff; our aim being to encourage further understanding of the importance of a healthy, balanced diet, and the safe, controlled ways to manage it. The project was for 12 weeks and involved a weigh-in in the first session and another at the last. All staff that attended, used this time together to exchange snack/meal ideas and talk about their experiences with the sessions. This, in conjunction with the outstanding turnout, allowed each member of staff to have successful results, with everyone either obtaining weight or losing their weight. The program was enjoyed by all who registered, and was a massive success.
We also have get-togethers to celebrate all the hard work each member of staff has put in and take a moment to recognise all that's contributed to the school. These have been hosted by local establishments and have become a looked forward to affair, as they are enjoyed by all. These excursions uplift the working environment, promote and encourage healthy relationships between members of staff and draw everyone closer as a community. The get-togethers can be anything from a small buffet to a four-course meal; the enormity of the event is never the main priority when in comparison to the positive network we hope to achieve. We tend to have these events around the Christmas time, as its a brilliant time to de-stress and take a minute to find happiness within the chaos of the festive period, not only in the work place but also home life.
As apart of our work as an academy, we strive to give back into our community, not only locally but around Cornwall. One of these being a beach clean, that we arranged within the school. This time was used, not only to improve the environment surrounding the local area but also to allow the staff members to bond and connect with one another in a calm and serene environment, out of their place of employment.
We are proud to announce that we now have a qualified Mental Health Distress First Aider, available within our school.

"Raising the profile of Health and Wellbeing and recruiting health champions has been very positive for our academy and continues to be a priority. It plays a vital role in helping us provide the very best education that our children deserve and supports the rapid improvements that are being made since joining Aspire." -Director

- Director
TRAC Services Ltd

"The healthy workplace toolkit has been an invaluable resource for TRAC. It is helped us review where we are as a company in terms of providing a healthy workplace and clearly identify new measures we can put in place. It is a very robust and easy to use resource that has united the team here in a common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone. The website that support the initiative is easy to use and as lots of very helpful information and case studies. It is really easy to track your progress using the website. We have also benefited greatly from the support and enthusiasm of Rachel and the team in helping us on our journey and were delighted to be awarded silver following our recent assessment." - TRAC Services Ltd

Surrounding Influence

Having plants in and around the office can reduce employee annual sickness absence by as much as 23%, research by the Hortiucultural Trades Association has argued.  The research, in conjunction with the University of Reading, found that green space and planted areas can help to deliver substantial social and environmental benefits for organisations

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