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Summercourt Academy

Primary school of 116 pupils in 4 mixed year group classes

What we do:

Summercourt Academy is a friendly and welcoming primary school that educates children from ages 4-11 year olds, from Summercourt village and the surrounding areas. The school is a safe and happy place, where we all work together by nurturing growth, respect one and other and value the dynamic workforce.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

Summercourt Academy are part of the Aspire Academy Trust, who are dedicated to making health and wellbeing a central aspect of the workplace. In line with this, Summercourt chose two members of staff to become trained Health and well-being champions in the Autumn term of 2016. At Summercourt Academy we believe that having a happy and healthy environment, recognising and valuing diversity and working together to achieve growth as learners is a vital part of school life. In order to achieve this, we recognise the importance of a valued, appreciated and motivated workplace where teamwork & physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is paramount. The Healthy workplace award has given us a clear pathway to work towards creating this and a way of recognising our successes and identifying future goals.

Recent health and well being activities:

• Health and Wellbeing Champion Training (for 2 members of staff). • NHS Health assessments • Dementia training • Stress reduction and building resilience training. • Suicide Awareness training • Health and Wellbeing board where staff can be supported and signposted to relevant matters. • Summercourt Slimmer’s • Shout out board. • Zumba for staff • DVD evening

Success Story:

Following the health assessment checks some staff members have made lifestyle changes and continue to do so, participating in Summercourt slimmer’s and other recreational and sport activities outside of school.

“As a new member of staff I have been welcomed and made to feel valued at Summercourt Academy. I am delighted to have taken on the role of Health and well-being champion and can see in my short time of being here just how vital the role is. We have grown as a team and I look forward to continuing our health and wellbeing journey at Summercourt”. Alison Lowry Thrive manager and teaching assistant

- Member of staff
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