Healthy Schools

Healthy Schools supports the link between good health, behaviour and achievement through a whole school approach. It helps to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to make informed health and life choices and to reach their full potential.


National Healthy School Status has been achieved by QE. We were awarded the status in December 2007 and are currently starting work towards the enhancement model of “Healthy Schools Plus”.


To achieve Healthy Schools status we have to show that we are meeting a number of detailed criteria in 4 core themes:


1. Personal, Social and Health Education including Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and Drug Education (including alcohol, tobacco and volatile substance abuse)

  • PSHE contributes significantly to all five national outcomes for children and young people: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing

  • PSHE provides children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives


2. Healthy Eating

  • Healthy eating contributes significantly to the being healthy national outcome for children and young people

  • Children and young people have the confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to make healthy food choices

  • Healthy and nutritious food and drink is available across the school day


3. Physical Activity

  • Physical activity contributes significantly to the being healthy national outcome for children

  • Children/young people are provided with a range of opportunities to be physically active

  • They understand how physical activity can help them to be more healthy, and how physical activity can improve and be a part of their everyday life

4. Emotional Health and Well-being, including bullying

  • Emotional health and wellbeing contributes significantly to all five national outcomes for children and young people: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution and economic wellbeing

  • The promotion of positive emotional health and wellbeing helps children and young people to understand and express their feelings, build their confidence and emotional resilience, and therefore their capacity to learn


Want to know more?

Further information about national Healthy Schools can be found at

Local information can be found by searching ‘Healthy Schools’ on the dorsetforyou website

For any questions about Healthy Schools at QE, please contact

Healthy Eating - Catering Statement

The School Governors have agreed the following principle:

"The School, in partnership with Caterlink, its catering provider, is committed to providing meals of a high standard at an affordable price. Our objective is to offer freshly cooked, nutritious meals with a selection of vegetables, salads and fruit as seasons allow. All meals are low in salt and fat. Drinks high in additives are not sold and only water, approved sports drinks and hot drinks such as tea, coffee and chocolate are provided. The School and its Governors hold the health of the whole School Community more highly than financial gain and wish to encourage all to eat wisely and healthily."

Some information about our meals:

  • All meals are freshly prepared and cooked daily on the premises
    Menus are designed to reflect the seasonal availability of fresh, locally produced ingredients

  • The cooking methods ensure that no salt is added to food during the preparation and cooking stages and that no additional fats are used in cooking.

  • Students are encouraged to make suggestions and menu requests

  • QE promotes Healthy Eating and encourages all students to eat a varied diet

  • All vended items meet our healthy eating criteria (low fat, salt and sugar)