Healthy School

We take the health and safety of the children in our care very seriously and help educate them about their own health and how to take care of themselves.


Healthy School

Health Education

Healthier students do better in school, they have higher attendance and achieve better results.

We offer health education across school to develop the children’s knowledge and to help them make healthy choices throughout their lifetime.

We teach them about physical, mental, emotional and social health. Motivating the children to improve and maintain their health and reduce risky behaviour with intoxicating substances such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs.


Dedicated Nurse on hand

We have a dedicated, qualified nurse on site at the Prep School from 9.00am to 4pm Monday to Friday, to care for ill and injured children. She also looks after any child at the Pre-Prep Schools that needs her care.  Parents will be contacted if the nurse feels that a pupil is too unwell to remain in school or if an injury needs medical attention.  Parents are always informed by email if any First Aid procedure has been administered on their child during school hours which doesn’t require the child being collected early from school.

We do ask that prescribed medicines are accompanied by an ‘Administration of Medicine’ form which is available from our Nurse.  For further information please email nurse@downsend.co.uk.


Safety

Every child’s safety at school is of vital importance.  We are responsible for day-to-day health and safety whenever your child is in our care on or offsite and we take this seriously.  Our Health & Safety Policy outlines details of how we will look after your child or children when they are in our care.


Nutrition

Our catering team, led by Thomas Franks, serve our pupils nutritionally balanced meals every lunch time offering meat, fish and vegetarian options, a salad bar and other healthy alternatives.  The team uses locally sourced ingredients wherever possible and aim to deliver outstanding quality of food.

They work especially hard to instil a positive attitude towards food in our pupils, encouraging them to try new things and educating them on the importance of a balanced diet.  Once a month we have themed lunches serving different cuisines from around the globe.

As well as the rotation of main meals, the salad bar offers a selection of dishes to appeal to our pupils’ healthy nature and provide further nourishment alongside their hot lunch. This is complemented by a range of fresh, homemade soups and bread, on offer daily.

This week’s menu can be accessed here.