School’s healthy outlook

PUBLISHED: 11:45 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:34 06 May 2010

Barbara Monks, headteacher Sally Edwards and Diane Turner from Hitchin Girls’ School and Jane Walton from North Herts and Stevenage Primary Care Trust who helped the school with their project

Barbara Monks, headteacher Sally Edwards and Diane Turner from Hitchin Girls’ School and Jane Walton from North Herts and Stevenage Primary Care Trust who helped the school with their project

A GIRLS school has proved it is in a class of its own when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Hitchin Girls School has been voted Healthy School of the Year in the East of England 2006 Teaching Awards. The school will now go forward to the national finals

A GIRLS' school has proved it is in a class of its own when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.

Hitchin Girls' School has been voted Healthy School of the Year in the East of England 2006 Teaching Awards.

The school will now go forward to the national finals in October.

At the awards ceremony in Bishop's Stortford the whole school team was highlighted as "a fine example of how a healthy school becomes a happy and understanding one."

Headteacher Sally Edwards said the healthy school ethos became part of every aspect of school life, and staff and students were delighted about winning.

She added: "It celebrates everything we do in the school and is a team effort by the staff, children and parents.

"Young people can't achieve unless they have physical and emotional well being, and that's what we're about."

Joan Rutt, from Woolgrove School in Letchworth GC, was also in the honours after being awarded a distinction for Special Needs Teacher of the Year.

Joan, who is retiring after 30 years in teaching, said: "It was absolutely overwhelming to be nominated and it makes you feel valued.

"I retire this summer so it's a super way to round off my career."

The Teaching Awards celebrate excellence in schools and are aimed at headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants and school governors from the East of England.

David Lloyd, executive member for education at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "I'd like to congratulate all the regional finalists and wish the winners the best of luck in the national final.

"The awards are an opportunity to pay tribute to the enormous contribution teachers make in inspiring children.

"It's a great way to highlight their hard work and dedication and they deserve our thanks.


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