Health and Wellbeing

Headlands School is part of the ‘Healthy Schools Network’ and therefore we pay a great deal of attention to the development of pupil’s health, social and psychological wellbeing. 

The Vale of Glamorgan Network of Healthy Schools Scheme is part of the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Schemes (WNHSS) and part of Schools for Health in Europe.

Recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as playing a key role in promoting the health of children and young people, the Healthy Schools Scheme has been rolled out across Wales since 2000.

All schools in the Vale of Glamorgan participate in the scheme, which is managed by Public Health Wales and actively supported by the Local Education Authority and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

The underlying principles of the scheme are:

  • The importance of pupil participation in core areas of school life which affect health and wellbeing.
  • The importance of the understanding and commitment of the whole school community.
  • A positive approach to health.

The scheme covers seven topic areas:

  • Food and fitness
  • Mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Environment
  • Safety
  • Hygiene
  • Substance misuse
  • Personal development and relationships

Within each of these areas, schools are required to demonstrate they have reached high standards of practice. The National Quality Award of the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme is awarded to schools that have achieved the highest standards in all seven areas. 

Here at Headlands, we have completed the first five phases of Healthy Schools and are currently aiming to achieve Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme National Quality Award.

You can read more about the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme here.