The National Quality Award is the highest accreditation a school can achieve through the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes, which is run by Public Health Wales on behalf of the Welsh Government. Ysgol Penalltau is the third Welsh Medium Primary School in Caerphilly to achieve the award and has worked hard to achieve the high standards required in promoting the health and well-being of all its pupils and staff.
The National Quality Award is independently assessed after a school has been involved in the scheme for seven years. It is awarded to schools that have demonstrated they are putting the health and wellbeing of all members of its community at the heart of everything. Everyone is encouraged and educated about the issues which affect their health, such as diet, physical activity and smoking. Children must show how they participate in health and wellbeing through pupil voice groups, showcasing work and speaking to external assessors.
The assessors noted that Ysgol Penalltau’s ‘Pupil Voice Committee Members’ were confident, knowledgeable pupils who represented the school well and deserved to be commended. In addition to meeting all minimum standards, the school must evidence partnership working with parents, carers, external providers and the local community. The award demonstrates the commitment of the whole school community: Governing Body, Head Teacher, SMT, Teachers, TAs, Lunchtime Supervisors, Caretaker and Cleaners.
Andrea Woods, Head Teacher of Ysgol Penalltau said, “The school has worked hard for many years on the healthy schools scheme and has consistently promoted a high standard of health and well-being for pupils and staff alike. I’d like to say thank you to Sue Evans from Caerphilly Council’s Healthy Schools Team for all her support; we are immensely proud of the achievement and the dedication of the school staff.”
Cllr Barbara Jones, Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement commented, “Congratulations to all involved in this fabulous and well deserved achievement. Health and well-being are both very important and Ysgol Penalltau has demonstrated commitment and consistency to the prosperity of the entire school and community.”