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Oxford Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS20 9DA


Headteacher - Mrs Fiona Wharton

Guiseley Primary School

Healthy Schools

(Includes information on Personal, Social and Health Education, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity and Social, Emotional and Mental Health, School Council and British Values). 

 We are delighted to have  maintained our Healthy Schools Status and  have also  been awarded the MindMate Friendly status.  The assessor interviewed groups of pupils, parents, staff, senior leaders and members of the governing body. She also enjoyed a tour of the school, conducted by members of the School Council  to observe Healthy Schools in practice.

Please click on the link to read the wonderful things she said about our school.

Healthy Schools report Guiseley Primary School


A Healthy School is one that promotes physical and emotional health by providing accessible relevant information which equips pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. From recent media coverage there is increasing concern about rising rates of obesity, tooth decay and related health problems in children.  As a school it is part of our responsibility to help our children learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.


Our aims

  • To promote a whole school approach to a healthy lifestyle.
  • To provide freshly cooked nutritious school meals in line with the School Food Standards
  • To encourage children and staff to make informed decisions on a healthy lifestyle based on positive attitudes and up to date information.
  • To create a safe environment for working and playing both inside and outside.
  • To provide high quality Physical Education and School Sport and promote Physical Activity as part of a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
  • To develop the teaching of Food Technology aspect of the Design and Technology Curriculum with regard to Healthy Eating and to monitor this to ensure progression of skills.
  • To provide children with more choices as to how they use their playtime by the development of the school grounds and the introduction of play leaders.
  • To encourage children to choose a healthy snack at morning break by providing a wide variety of healthy options in our Key Stage 2 tuck shop.
  • To support the ‘Fruit for Schools’ initiative by encouraging Foundation Stage and KS1 to eat one portion every day at break/snack time.
  • To highlight the importance of drinking water by encouraging all pupils to have a water bottle in school.
  • To give pupils a voice to influence change through our School Food Ambassadors programme and School Council.
  • To help children develop greater confidence, motivation, self-esteem and have the skills, information and understanding to make important life and health choices.

For children to learn how to develop good relationships, and respect the differences between people.

There are four main areas of the Healthy School Status and below you will find information about each area and what we can offer at Guiseley Primary School.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Healthy Eating

Physical Activity

Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)


 Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE is an important subject to teach, it is vital if pupils are to learn how to keep safe and healthy in an ever-changing world. Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.

PSHE is a key way that schools can ensure that pupils are receiving a wide and varied curriculum that is relevant to the lives they live today and prepares them for the future.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) is a planned, developmental programme of learning opportunities and experiences through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.  We believe that the education of PSHE enables children to become healthier, more independent and more responsible members of society. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community. In doing so, we help to develop their sense of self-worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that the children experience the process of democracy through participation of the School Council. We teach children about their rights and about their responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse and multi-cultural society. Indeed, the teaching of PSHE helps in many ways to meet the objectives set out in the Children Act 2004 (Every Child Matters) – ‘that to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive  contribution and achieve economic well-being’. PSHE makes a significant contribution to pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to pupils’ wellbeing. In addition, the learning provided through this comprehensive PSHE provision is essential to safeguarding pupils, as Ofsted has set out. Please click on the link below to read our full policy for PSHE and a policy written with the children.

PSHE Policy for Guiseley Primary School

Child-friendly Policy SRE

What we teach

PSHE respects and takes account of pupils’ prior learning and experiences. Our teaching reflects the needs shared by all children and specific needs of pupils at Guiseley Primary School.  In 2016, our school adopted a new PSHE scheme of work ‘You, Me, PSHE’. This provides our school with a clear and progressive PSHE curriculum which can be used from years one to six. We have divided PSHE into 7 different strands:

  • Sex and relationship education.
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education.
  • Physical health and wellbeing.
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Keeping safe and managing risk Careers.
  • Financial capability & economic wellbeing.
  • Identity, society and equality.

Within each strand, we have designed age appropriate topics for the different year groups. Please click on the link below to access the curriculum for Year 1-6.

PSHE Year group curriculum overviews.pdf 

Alongside this scheme of work, seven SEAL themes (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) are explored during each year: ‘New Beginnings’, ‘Good to be me’, ‘Say NO to Bullying’, ‘Going for Goals’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Getting on and Falling out’, and ‘Changes’. These themes are supported by a planned programme of class assemblies that focuses on our weekly ethos statements.

How we teach PSHE

At Guiseley Primary School we will provide children with a range of experiences and opportunities that can enrich and broaden their learning in PSHE.

Much of what we teach will be delivered through class discussion and will include time for personal reflection. Teaching is responsive to class and pupil needs and decisions may be taken to explore one aspect in greater depth, or move on, as dictated by the needs of the cohort. From whole class sessions, the Learning Mentor or teacher may follow up certain themes with individual pupils in more detail dependent on need.

Whole school focus weeks or days will be adapted to meet the needs of each year group and to ensure coverage of the scheme of work. Some aspects of the programme may need to have parental approval.



In the Early Years Foundation Stage, PSHE is encouraged through the ‘Personal, Social and Emotional Development’ Curriculum. See link below.

PSE Development Matters.pdf

PSHE is about making connections and is strongly linked to play, PSHE is taught through activities that are part of topics and experiences, as well as on an individual basis to develop personal skills such as dressing, feeding and toileting. Positive experiences are built through daily opportunities to share and enjoy a range of activities, as members of a small group or occasionally during whole school activities.

 Useful Links

Smoke Free Policy

Alcohol and Drug Misuse Policy

Feedback from children

We wanted children in school to tell us some of the things that they liked about their new PSHE lessons. Children also identified different things that they wanted to get out of their PSHE lessons and see in school as a result of new learning. Please see below some examples.
Here are some of the things that we like about our new PSHE lessons. (2017)

"We enjoy asking questions about healthy food."

                                                                           "Learning to look after others."

"I like talking as part of a group.

                                                                                                                                                                           "Listening to other people talk."

                                                                                                                "Sharing experiences about my religion."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Watching videos, learning about lifecycles.

"I enjoyed learning about disabled people in the Olympics. "

                                                        "We keep things that we discussed private to our class; we do not discuss it in the playground. "

"It was good to learn that boys and girls can do ballet and football."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Keeping fit and being active." 

                                                                                                     "I like it when we get thinking time." 

Here are some of the things that will make our new PSHE lessons even better. 

"Write a book to help children around school." 

                                                                                                                                             "To have lessons that are more active (games, drama, collecting litter). "

                                             "Assembly or visitors to class to teach them about bullying."

                                                                                                                                                                              "A bullying monitor. "

"I want to learn more about how our bodies work." 

                                                                                                                                                        "Asking questions about issues (such as homelessness). "

"Have guest speakers. "

                                                  "More drawing and writing after lessons. I like making posters." 

                                                                                                                                                 "Quiet time, being able to colour, read or watch TV."

 British Values

We are learning about British Values and how we relate these to our school and local community.  This is what our children told us about their understanding of the Values.  

Please click on the link to read our 'Guiseley Values'.

Guiseley Values.pdf

The children are very proud to have voted for their School Council members and they take their role very seriously.  

Please click here to see who the class council representative are for this year.

To read about the kind of things that are discussed during meetings, please click the link below:

School Council Minutes


Healthy Eating

Our healthy, nutritious school meals are prepared freshly on site by our school cooks and are carefully designed to meet the School Food Standards 2015. To view the menus please click here.

Menu Jan 19 - Mar 19.pdf

We have a comprehensive Food and Packed Lunch policy, please click here to view it.


Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 are provided with, and encouraged to have, a piece of fruit or a vegetable daily with their milk or water. Key Stage 2 have a tuck shop promoting a wide variety of healthy snacks including fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, cheese, olives, fruit bread plus many more.

Through the Design Technology Curriculum children are taught the following with regards to Cooking and Nutrition:


Cooking and Nutrition

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Where food comes from

Across KS1 pupils should know:

·      that all food comes from plants or animals

·      that food has to be farmed, grown elsewhere (e.g.home) or caught.

Across KS2 pupils should know:

·      that food is grown (such as tomatoes, wheat and potatoes), reared (such as pigs, chickens and cattle) and caught (such as fish) in the UK, Europe and the wider world

In late KS2 pupils should also know:

·      that seasons may affect the food available

·      how food is processed into ingredients that can be eaten or used in cooking

Food preparation, cooking and nutrition

Across KS1 pupils should know:

·      how to name and sort foods into the five groups in the Eatwell Guide

·      that everyone should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day

·      how to prepare simple dishes safely and hygienically, without using a heat source

·      how to use techniques such as cutting, peeling and grating

Across KS2 pupils should know:

·      how to prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes safely and hygienically including, where appropriate, the use of a heat source

·      how to use a range of techniques such as peeling, chopping, slicing, grating, mixing, spreading, kneading and baking

In early KS2 pupils should also know:

·      that a healthy diet is made up from a variety and balance of different food and drink, as depicted in the Eatwell Guide

·      that to be active and healthy, food and drink are needed to provide energy for the body

In late KS2 pupils should also know:

·      that recipes can be adapted to change the appearance, taste, texture and aroma

·      that different food and drink contain different substances – nutrients, water and fibre – that are needed for health



Our School Food Ambassadors

We have an enthusiastic team of Food Ambassadors from Years 1 to 5.

Their role currently involves:

  • Monitoring packed lunches and acting as role models in the dining room.
  • Rewarding those children that are bringing healthy foods in their packed lunches with stickers, along with those children that are finishing their school meals.
  • Praising good behaviour and table manners and recommending children to lunch staff for a Captain’s Table Nomination.
  • Provide guidance and suggest alternatives to children whose packed lunches could be improved.
  • To encourage children to try new foods.
  • To give feedback from their peers about new ideas and ways to improve food and nutrition in school.

 Click here to see the Healthy Eating and Packed Lunch policy booklet made by our own School Food Ambassadors.

Healthy Eating Booklet.pdf

Please click on this link to access hundreds of healthy recipes on the 'Lets Get Cooking' website

For more information on healthy eating and good nutrition please follow the links below:


 After School Clubs

We provide an after school cookery club, which provides the children with an opportunity to learn cooking skills, as well as teaching children and their families about the benefits of healthy eating. As part of their work with food, pupils are taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.


We also offer a gardening club where children learn to grow their own food as well as how to care for plants and the outdoor environment. The food that is grown is then consumed by the children themselves either as part of their class activities or their school dinner.


Physical Activity

At Guiseley Primary School, we recognise the role that PE has to play in promoting a long term healthy lifestyle which is both enjoyable and fulfilling. We aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all of our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Through our physical education culture aim to enhance health and well-being of our pupils as well as their academic achievement.

We want to provide opportunities for our pupils to become confident and physically literate in a way which supports their wellbeing. In addition to this, we aim to provide opportunities for children to compete in sport and other activities in order to build resilience and embed values such as team work, fairness and respect.

Our PE and sport aspires to build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills enabling each child to be the best they can be by: 
-         Developing confidence, skills and knowledge.
-         Pursuing excellence
-         Being proud of achievements.
-         Promoting fair play and respect.
-         Educating children to improve health and wellbeing.
-         Providing quality opportunities for children outside of school time. 


In Physical Education children take part in a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities. Through these activities children are able to develop their fundamental movement skills, such as agility, balance and co-ordination, but they also have the opportunity to improve their personal, social and emotional development and learn about good sportsmanship. At Guiseley Primary School, children learn that being active is fun and that it is important to take part in an active lifestyle. Children take part in 2 hours of PE every week which take place both indoors, in our school hall, as well as outdoors on the playground and field. Years 4  also take part in weekly swimming lessons which are held at Aireborough Leaisure Centre, where the programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique.

Miss Adair is the P.E. leader throughout school with Mrs Jordan and Mr Ward coordinating the majority of extra-curricular sports activities.

Child-Friendly Policy written by KS2 pupils

Child-friendly Policy

Please click on the link below to read the Department of Education Physical Education Programmes of study...

Please click on the links below for activities that may be of interest in our area.

Aireborough Leisure Centre:

Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre:

Breeze Leeds:


Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)


 At Guiseley Primary School we work towards positive Social, Emotional and Mental Health  in the whole of our school community for adults as well as children.  SEMH is delivered predominantly as part of the PSHE and SRE curriculum to all children as part of our Wave 1 provision.  In addition, all children attend assemblies where there is a planned programme of whole school assemblies that address a wide range of topics as well as issues that may arise within the school, locally or nationally. 

The school ethos is such that SEMH is everyone's responsibility and children are encouraged to talk to whoever they feel they can trust e.g. a friend, class teacher, teaching assistant etc.  Each class has a Worry Box and children are reminded to share their feelings and that their comments will be treated sensitively.  The school also has a Well-Being team that consists of Mrs Buckton (Headteacher), Mrs Bradbury (Designated Safeguarding Lead DSL)), Miss Adair (Deputy Head) and Mrs Hewitt (Learning Mentor) and the children are regularly reminded that these are adults that they can talk to.

Where specific issues arise that the class teacher feels they would like more support with, the child can be referred to Mrs Hewitt our Learning Mentor.  She will then work with the child for a period of time usually with the involvement of the Inclusion Manager and parents.  Mrs Hewitt also runs friendship groups where children may be having problems interacting with their peer group.  These have been highly successful.  Nurture groups are run with selected groups of children where it is felt this will improve their social and emotional well-being.

If it is felt appropriate a referral to CAMHS ( Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) may be made by Miss Dryden-Jones (SENCO).


 Aireborough Extended Services:

Mind Mate:

Aireborough Children's Centre