Bristol Healthy Schools

Bristol Healthy Schools is a programme available to all Bristol schools wishing to improve the health and wellbeing of their pupils, staff and local community. Schools can choose to meet the Bristol Healthy Schools Standards and/or Outcomes. Schools demonstrating sustained commitment, achieving both Standards and Outcomes within 2 years, can progress to gain the prestigious Mayor’s Award for Excellence as a Health Improving School.

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The Bristol Healthy Schools Standards are a benchmark for best practice, which we encourage schools to embed. Healthy Schools Outcomes require schools to demonstrate a significant change in health behaviours, evidenced through data and pupil experience.

Bristol Healthy Schools Standards and Outcomes cover a wide range of areas, including:

The work of the Bristol Healthy Schools programme directly underpins the core aim of Public Health England to “protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities”.


“The Bristol Healthy Schools Programme is an excellent opportunity for schools to take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. The programme raises awareness of the wider determinants of health and encourages continuous improvement so that schools make meaningful and long lasting change. Bristol Healthy Schools is about ensuring our children and young people develop into healthy, happy adults with an understanding of all that contributes to a healthy lifestyle.”

Julie Coulthard – Public Health Principal for School Health, Bristol City Council

Schools can get involved or find out more about Bristol Healthy Schools by visiting our Mayor’s Award page. We run regular training and network meetings around the different themes and actively encourage teachers and other staff to get involved. Find out what’s happening via the calendar.

Children and Young People can also lead the way by requesting their school becomes a Bristol Healthy School.