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New Malden school’s healthy lifestyle lessons a recipe for success

A New Malden school has become the first in the borough to win a prestigious accolade for teaching youngsters about healthy lifestyles.

Children at Burlington Junior School kept chickens, collecting the eggs for cooking lessons, and grew fruit and vegetables in an allotment for the school kitchen.

Now the school has received a Healthy Schools London Bronze Award. Healthy Schools London is an awards programme sponsored by the Mayor of London, designed to improve the health and wellbeing of young people.

Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London, presented the school with its award in a ceremony at Kingston’s Guildhall, and helped to launch the local Healthy Schools Kingston programme.

Kingston’s scheme brings together all of the work going on in schools and the council to improve the health and wellbeing of the borough’s children.

More than 20 schools have already signed up to take part. Schools can earn cash for achieving awards (up to £300 for primary schools and up to £700 for secondary schools) as an incentive to continue to work towards improving the health and wellbeing of their pupils.

“The school is delighted to be presented with the Healthy Schools London Bronze Award. Particular thanks go to our Healthy Schools leader Anneka Bond who worked very hard to secure this prestigious award.

“The children have enjoyed taking part in a variety of projects to help them learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles. We’re looking forward to working towards the Silver Award.”

Pip Utting, Burlington’s Head Teacher

“Congratulations to Burlington Junior School. They have been doing a great job to increase their pupils’ understanding of where food comes from and healthy eating, and I am delighted that Kingston is now involved in the Mayor's Healthy Schools London programme. 

“Our awards shine a light on the excellent work schools across the capital are doing to support the health and wellbeing of their pupils and I look forward to many more signing up.”

Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick

“We want our children to be healthy and happy as they grow up because healthy, happy children achieve more. Our schools can play a big part in building a fairer Kingston by helping youngsters lead healthy lifestyles through keeping them active and giving them healthy food.

“Delivering an excellent education for our kids has been my priority as a councillor for many years and healthy eating is a core part of that. I’m extremely proud of the work at Burlington Junior School. I’m sure this is just one of many awards our schools will win over the coming years.”

Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council

Kingston Council has improved school kitchens and dining facilities since 2011 so that every primary and special school can cook fresh food on site. Just four schools are waiting for kitchens to be upgraded, with the work planned for next summer.

Specialist staff have been recruited to work in secondary schools supporting young people on health-related issues including exam stress and body image.

For more information about Healthy Schools London go to www.healthyschoolslondon.org.uk.