Dobcroft Junior School was one of the first schools in Sheffield to receive the original Healthy Schools Award in 2004. We were also one of the first to achieve Healthy Schools Status in 2006 when the Award was regraded and added more components. Keeping a high profile on living a healthy life-style and with excellent systems for pastoral care and support and guidance for the pupils and their families remains a key focus for our school, and undoubtedly played a key role in the judgement of Ofsted in 2006 that Dobcroft is an 'Outstanding' school. Our pastoral support for children has continued to grow: we now hold daily Meet and Greet sessions, offer children a place to chat and have introduced our Acorns Nurture Group.
There are many elements to being a Healthy School. "The Programme isn’t just about physical health, it’s about good health and happiness inside and out. And it’s not just about pupils either; a Healthy School involves the whole school community – from parents to governors to school staff – in improving their health and their happiness and getting the most out of life.
Children in Healthy Schools tell us that they feel healthier, happier and safer. Their parents tell us that they feel more involved in their child’s health and learning and often feel better themselves. Schools tell us that the Healthy Schools programme has brought sustained improvement in behaviour, standards of work and school management.