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Healthy Schools Rating

The healthy schools rating scheme has been designed to recognise and encourage schools’ contributions to pupils’ health and wellbeing.

It celebrates the positive actions that schools are delivering in terms of healthy eating and physical activity, and aims to help schools identify useful next steps in their provision. This voluntary scheme is available for both primary and secondary schools.

Schools will complete a self-assessment via the Active Lives Children’s Survey and then receive a rating based on their responses around:

  1. Food education
  2. Compliance with the school food standards
  3. Time spent on physical education
  4. Promotion of active travel

Each participating school will receive a report based on their survey answers, and those achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze awards will receive an award.

Further details on the Active Lives Children’s Survey can be found here.

To support schools through this process Active Black Country and Public Health teams and partners from across the Black Country have designed a resource to support schools in improving their healthy schools rating.

The resource contains key guidance and national and local resources to support schools through the process.

We have also developed a practical example of how a school can work through the rating.

Healthy Schools Toolkit

The resource can be downloaded here                        Example of how to work through the rating


For more information, email Leah Goode.

The healthy schools rating scheme is available to all schools participating in the Active Lives Children and Young People survey.

If your school has not been randomly sampled to complete the Active Lives Children’s survey and would like to opt in to complete the survey and gain a Healthy Schools rating please contact Leah Goode on leah_goode@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk 

The rating is assessed through completion of the Teacher Survey as part of the Active Lives Children’s Survey.

The Healthy Schools Rating assesses schools compliance across 4 key areas:

  1. Food education, including in the curriculum and teacher training
  2. Compliance with the school food standards
  3. The amount of time children spend on physical education each week
  4. Participation in active travel schemes


The go-to place for schools to find local organisations to support their physical activity provision.

Read more about the Supplier Hub


Timely data and learnings in relation to physical activity and sport in the Black Country and the added value we can offer.

Read more about the Insight Hub


Resources and videos to support the Black Country sport & physical activity workforce, sports clubs and community organisations.

Read more about the Training Hub

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