The Big Health Challenge 2019

This year students were asked to consider the question: ‘How do you celebrate diversity and create an inclusive school community?’

Ten schools competed at the Big Health Challenge hosted by St. Peter’s RC High School. Each secondary school had ten minutes to present how their school celebrates diversity and inclusivity. The Healthy Schools team were blown away with the energy and enthusiasm from all the students, the presentations were outstanding and every school clearly demonstrated an exceptional commitment to valuing and celebrating diversity in their school from the Rights March at Abraham Moss Community School to an annual ‘Diversity Bash’ at The East Manchester Academy. The Proud Trust, Kooth and Chat Health attended to talk about their offer to students and we welcomed our judges from School Health and beyond. The five panellists felt the pressure as they decided on the winners of this year’s competition. After some deliberation the schools that received awards are: Loreto High School, Chorlton High School and Eden Boys Leadership Academy received a Highly Commended award, Abraham Moss Community School received 2nd Place and the title of 1st Place for the Big Health Challenge 2018-19 was The East Manchester Academy! TEMA were surprised and honoured to win the first ever Pupil’s Choice Award. This award was created so every student at the event could have their say about who they believed demonstrated the highest commitment to diversity and inclusivity in their school and the surrounding community. One student commented it was a ‘touching presentation’ and showed ‘dedicated students’. The panellists said, ‘It was fantastic to see how TEMA connects with other schools across the world’ and they showed ‘very unique ways of looking at diversity and inclusivity’. Huge congratulations to our winners! Well done and thank you to the further five schools that took part including: Manchester Enterprise Academy Wythenshawe, St. Paul’s Catholic High School, Co-op Academy North Manchester, Whalley Range High School, St. Peter’s RC High School.

Manchester Healthy Schools Awards 2018-2019

Congratulations to all schools that have worked in partnership with the Healthy Schools team to tackle health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of the children and young people and families in their communities. It's been a great year and we look forward to working with you in the new academic year 2019-2020.

Thank you for your continued support.

The following schools were awarded the working Towards Award:

All Saints Primary (Gorton)

Holy Name RC Primary School

Longsight Community Primary School

Oasis Academy Temple

St Catherine's RC Primary School

St Philip's CofE Primary School

St Wilfrid's RC Primary School (Hulme)

The Birches School (Primary)

William Hulme's Grammar School (Primary)

The following schools were awarded the Bronze Award:

Baguley Hall Primary School

Benchill Primary School

Briscoe Lane Academy

Chorlton Park Primary School

Christ the King RC Primary School

CofE School of The Resurrection

Cringle Brook Primary School

Crowcroft Park Primary School

Didsbury CofE Primary School

Holy Trinity CofE Primary School

Irk Valley Community School

King David Primary School

Levenshulme High School for Girls

Manchester Academy

Manchester Enterprise Academy Central

Manley Park Primary School

Oasis Academy Aspinal

Oasis Academy Harpur Mount

Old Moat Community Primary School

Plymouth Grove Primary School

Rodney House School (Primary)

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School (Baguley)

St Anne's RC Primary School Crumpsall

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

St Bernard's RC Primary School

St Brigid's RC Primary School

St Clare's RC Primary School

St Clement's CofE Primary School

St Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School

St James' CofE Primary School Rusholme

St Luke's CofE Primary School

St Margaret's CofE Primary School

St Mary's RC Primary School Levenshulme

St Patrick's RC Primary School

St Paul's RC High School

St Wilfrid's CofE Junior & Infant (Newton Heath)

Unity Community Primary

Varna Community Primary School

Webster Primary School

West Didsbury CE Free School

Wilbraham Primary School

William Hulme's Grammar School (Secondary)

The following schools were awarded the Silver Award:

Abraham Moss Community School

Abraham Moss Community School (Primary)

Acacias Community Primary School

All Saints CofE Primary (Newton Heath)

Alma Park Primary School

Armitage CofE Primary School

Ashgate Specialist Support Primary School

Barlow Hall Primary School

Beaver Road Primary School

Bowker Vale Primary School

Bridgelea KS1 and KS2 PRU

Broad Oak Primary School

Burnage Academy for Boys

Camberwell Park Specialist Support School (Primary)

Cavendish Community Primary School

Charlestown Community Primary School

Cheetham CofE Community Academy

Cheetwood Community Primary

Chorlton CofE Primary School

Claremont Primary School

Co-op Academy Broadhurst

Co-op Academy Manchester

Crab Lane Primary School

Cravenwood Primary Academy

Crossacres Primary Academy

Crosslee Community Primary School

Crumpsall Lane Primary School

Eden Boys Leadership Academy

Eden Girls Leadership Academy

Haveley Hey Community School

Heald Place Primary School

Higher Openshaw Community School

Ladybarn Primary School

Lancasterian Specialist School (Primary and Secondary)

Loreto High School

Manchester Communication Academy

Manchester Enterprise Academy (Wythenshawe)

Manchester Health Academy

Manchester Hospital Schools and Home Teaching Service (Ages 3-18)

Manchester Secondary PRU

Moston Lane Community Primary School

New Moston Primary School

Old Hall Drive Academy

Oswald Road Primary School

Our Lady's RC Sports College

Parrs Wood High School

Pike Fold Community School

Piper Hill Specialist Support School (Secondary)

Ravensbury Community School

Ringway Primary School

Rolls Crescent Primary School

Sacred Heart RC Primary School (Gorton)

Sandilands Primary School

Seymour Road Academy

St Ambrose RC Primary School

St Andrew's CofE Primary School

St Anne's RC Primary School Ancoats

St Augustines CofE Primary School

St Barnabas' CofE Primary School

St Chad's RC Primary School

St Chrysostom's CofE Primary School

St Dunstan's RC Primary School

St Edmund's RC Primary School

St Francis RC Primary School

St John's CofE Primary School (Longsight)

St Malachy's RC Primary School

St Margaret Mary's RC Primary School

St Mary's CofE Primary School Moston

St Paul's CofE Primary School

St Peter's RC High School

St Wilfrid's CofE Primary School (Northenden)

The Barlow RC High School and Specialist Science College

The Dean Trust Ardwick

The Divine Mercy RC Primary School

The East Manchester Academy

The Endeavour Federation (Southern Cross, KS3)

The Willows Primary School

Trinity Church of England High School

Wright Robinson College

2018-2019 Gold Award

We are very pleased to announce our first secondary schools receiving Gold Status: Co-op Academy North Manchester and CHS South. We would like to thank them for their commitment to Health Education. Both pupils and staff show passion, enthusiasm and dedication towards well being across their community. Congratulations.

In addition Newall Green Primary School and Rack House Primary School were awarded Maintaining Gold Status, for their commitment to the Healthy School Programme. They have continued the hard work from the previous year and are now working on a Healthy Schools Project!

2018-2019 Manchester Healthy schools Awards 16th october 2019

We are excited to invite you to attend our annual Health Improvement Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 16 October 2019.  

This will take place at Didsbury High School, 4 The Avenue, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2ET and will start at 12:30pm – 3:30pm (please arrive by 12:30pm in order to register promptly).

The aim of the awards is to recognise outstanding health promotion work undertaken by schools during the 2018-19 academic year and to recognise progress in one of our four categories (‘Working Towards’, Bronze, Silver and Gold). 

We will also be making special commendations in categories selected by our dedicated team of health improvement practitioners who have all loved working with you over the last year.

The event is open to two staff representatives from each school and is provided free of charge to Manchester schools who are engaged in the Manchester Healthy Schools’ programme.

Please reserve your school’s place by emailing Anne Pendlebury at with the names and email addresses of your two attendees. We encourage you to include a member of SLT or a governor as well as your Healthy Schools co-ordinator. At the moment we can offer two places per school but this may change as we review attendee numbers closer to the time.

Manchester Healthy Schools Awards Ceremony!

We're pleased to announce that the Manchester Healthy Schools Awards are back for 2018. Schools will be awarded certificates based on their progress and effort made towards their individual action plans over the 2017-18 academic year. The ceremony and presentation event will take place on Wednesday 7 November 2018. We welcome all Manchester City Council schools who have been involved in the Healthy Schools programme 2017-18 to join us on this date - booking details, time and location will be confirmed shortly.