Healthy Schools

The Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes was launched in 1991 to encourage the development of local healthy school schemes within a national framework.

Caerphilly County Borough countryside

The Welsh government and Public Health Wales have provided funding and guidance to help health and education services working in partnership to set up and run local healthy school schemes in all 22 local authorities across Wales.

Caerphilly Healthy Schools

Since it was established in 2001 the Caerphilly Healthy Schools Scheme has grown rapidly and we now have all schools actively engaged. The Healthy Schools Team work with pupils, teachers, parents and a range of partners to improve the health of whole school communities. Our primary aim is to support schools to develop a whole school approach to health through its work in 7 key areas:

  • Food and Fitness
  • Mental and Emotional Health and Well-being
  • Personal Development and Relationships
  • Environment
  • Substance use and misuse
  • Safety
  • Hygiene


National Quality Award (NQA)

Since 2011 schools now have the chance to be awarded with a national final accreditation for outstanding practice; the Welsh Government's National Quality Award. In order to achieve this final award schools must have been part of the Caerphilly Healthy Schools Scheme for a minimum of 7 years and achieved all 5 phases of the scheme and have been able to evidence their good practice via a 2 day accreditation assessment by external assessors.

To date Bedwas High School, Markham Primary School, St Gwladys Bargoed School, Hendredenny Park Primary School, Bedwas Junior School, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerffili, Cwmaber Infants School, Cwrt Rawlin Primary School, Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre, Cwmfelinfach Primary School, Hendre Infants School, Ysgol Ifor Bach, Pengam Primary School, White Rose Primary School, Ystrad Mynach Primary School, Libanus Primary School and Llancaeach Junior School have all achieved the prestigous national award and many of our schools are close to achieving it.

For more information on the Healthy Schools Scheme please contact:

Adam Thomas, email:

Carin Quinn, email:

Susan Evans, email:

Twitter: @HS_Caerphilly


Public Health Wales Targets

Target 1 - 95% of schools achieving Phase 3 and above:

100% (86 schools have achieved Phase 3 or above)

Target 2 - 10% of schools achieving the National Quality Award:

21% (18 schools have achieved the National Quality Award)

Target 3 - 20% of schools working towards the National Quality Award:

34% (29 schools are currently working towards the National Quality Award


Estyn Inspection Quotes

'Taking part in a good variety of children's committees such as the Food and Fitness Committee and the Dragons Committee contributes effectively to understanding nearly all personal and social aspects. This gves them the responsibility to lead important aspects of school life and to develop their skills purposefully, for example by organising a Fitness Week. Many pupils ake part in a good variety of extra-curricular activities within and outside the school, for example the cooking, sports and folk dancing clubs. This contributes very positively to developing their udnerstanding of the importance of drinking water and healthy eating.' 

'The school has appropriate arrangements to ensure that pupils understand the importance of healthy eating and drinking.'

'....activities on healthy relationships and substance and drug misuse have a sound impact on pupils ability to discuss, work together and respect each other's and other;'s perspectives and important social issues.'

Ysgol Gymraeg Penallta Estyn Report 2017




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