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Woodford Green school Ray Lodge Primary praised for promoting physical and mental health

PUBLISHED: 14:28 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 05 December 2017

London’s Deputy Mayor, Joanne McCartney, visited Ray Lodge Primary School in Redbridge last week to see firsthand the work it has done to achieve the Mayor’s Healthy Schools London status.

London’s Deputy Mayor, Joanne McCartney, visited Ray Lodge Primary School in Redbridge last week to see firsthand the work it has done to achieve the Mayor’s Healthy Schools London status.

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A school in Woodford Green was visited last week by London’s deputy mayor who praised its promotion of good mental and physical health.

Youngsters and teachers at Ray Lodge Primary are over the moon after being commended as one of the city’s healthiest schools.

The Healthy Schools London scheme supports and recognises school achievements in pupil health and wellbeing.

It covers physical activity, healthy eating, emotional health and wellbeing and personal social health education

At the school in Snakes Lane East, the school has improved the overall wellbeing of its pupils, by providing an education focused on spiritual, moral, social, cultural and mental development.

Teachers have helped to support children who are disinterested in physical activity to find more enjoyable ways for them to exercise and to build confidence in themselves.

London’s Deputy Mayor for education and childcare Joanne McCartney visited the school on Thursday, November 30 to see firsthand the work it has done to achieve the gold Mayor’s Healthy Schools London status.

She said: “To build a healthier future for London we must start with our children and make healthy living a habit, not a chore.

“Ray Lodge Primary School is doing exactly what we want to see more of; learning about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, improving pupils’ mental wellbeing as well as providing children with more fun and interesting ways to exercise.

“The teachers and pupils are doing a great job and I congratulate each and every one of them.

“I want to encourage all of London’s schools to follow in their positive footsteps and sign up to Healthy Schools London.”

Ms McCartney added that she saw firsthand the impact this work is having on the school’s pupils as she met with staff and students.

As of November 2017, 43 schools in Redbridge have registered with Healthy Schools London.

So far, 14 schools across the borough have achieved the HSL Bronze award and two schools have achieved the HSL Silver award.

For more information, go to healthyschools.london.gov.uk

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