Healthy Schools Award

The Healthy Schools Award aims to support schools across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to raise attainment and achievement by offering school settings an accessible and holistic health and wellbeing framework to work toward. The purpose of the award framework is to support schools to improve the health and wellbeing for pupils, staff, parents, carers and the wider school community.

To access our Healthy Schools Award toolkit first you need to register.  Head to the Register to become a Healthy School page to get started.

Structure of the Healthy School Award Framework

Award Framework Key Themes

The Healthy School Award Framework focuses on 4 key themes. These themes are widely documented as being inseparable and interconnected when addressing an individual’s health. Schools are encouraged to embrace all 4 key themes and adopt a holistic approach to promoting health and well-being. As a result, the Cornwall Healthy Schools team ask to see that schools are working toward an overarching objectives for each of the core theme.

The 4 key themes are:

  • Physical Activity
  • Food in School
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal, Social and Health Education

Overarching Objectives

Physical Activity:

To facilitate 30 minutes of physical activity a day, encourage the development of active lifestyles, and educate students about the importance of physical activity and its benefits to general wellbeing, including mental health.

Food in School:

To facilitate a healthy lifestyle, encourage the development of positive eating behaviours, and educate students about the importance of nutrition for benefits to physical and mental health.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing:

To facilitate a whole school culture as a mentally healthy school via the teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing, in order to keep pupils safe, promote an understanding of pupils’ own emotions as well as those of other people, and the development of healthy coping strategies.

Personal, Social and Health Education:

To facilitate a whole school approach in the delivery of PSHE within the current guidance.


You can find guidance as to how to successfully complete each section under each of our core themes. Additionally you may find the following pages which contain supporting documents useful in achieving your award:

Why be a Healthy School?
Your Journey to Healthy Schools Accreditation
Cornwall Healthy Schools Award Holders