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At Ashton Gate, we work closely with the Bristol Healthy Schools programme to question what it means to have a happy and healthy life. We recognise that having a healthy body and healthy mind is important to the mental health and well-being of every child and will help them to make positive decisions throughout their lives. 

Our Healthy Schools programme includes topics such as Mental Health and well-being, Physical activity, Food and nutrition, Health protection, Alcohol, tobacco and drugs, Relationships and Sexual health, Dental Health and Healthy weight.

Please visit the links below to find out more about what we do in school.

  • Evidence of a ‘Health Improving School'
  • Sugarsmart
  • Change4Life
  • Mental Health and well-being
  • Stonewall School champion


'Mayor’s Award for Excellence as a Health Improving School'

Bristol Healthy Schools is a programme for all Bristol schools that want to improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils, staff and local community.









In 2015, Ashton Gate was one of the first schools to be awarded the 'Mayor’s Award for Excellence as a Health Improving School'. This was a fantastic achievement which everyone at the school feels very proud of.



Members of the School Council and children who were ‘Bench Buddies’ and ‘fruit monitors’ (at the time of the award), attended an awards ceremony where they delivered a short presentation and were then presented with a banner and certificates for the school, by George Ferguson.

Topic-based badges

Bristol Healthy Schools have now changed their programme offering topic- based badges, with a focus on promoting health and wellbeing through best practice in schools.

Ashton Gate have submitted, and are awaiting approval of our PSHE badge which outlines best practice in the delivery of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).









The PSHE leads and School Leadership Team are also working on submitting evidence towards gaining the Mental Health badge which recognises the whole school approach to improving mental health and wellbeing. It’s based on best practice guidance from Public Health England and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).Working towards the badge will help our school to:

  • improve the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils and staff
  • make sure there are appropriate strategies in place to support pupils most at risk












Sugar Smart School Pledge

Sugar Smart joins up workplaces, business and schools in the fight against too much sugar consumption. Recent data shows that over a third of Year 6 aged children in Bristol are above a healthy weight and a quarter of five year olds (in Bristol) having tooth decay.

Sugar Smart Bristol’s aim is to increase awareness and reduce consumption of sugar across the city. It is a major city wide campaign to draw attention to the harm of too much sugar, free sugars and hidden sugars in the context of healthy weight and dental health. The average five year old eats their own body weight in sugar in just one year!

Ashton Gate School have pledged to be a Sugar Smart School. See the poster below for what we will be/are doing.

We hope to help young people understand the amount of sugar they should be consuming and the actual amount of sugar they consume, with a view to reducing individual sugar consumption.

You can help at home by using the ‘Change 4 Life’ website and App to discuss the issues surrounding this.