Our first schools pass Bristol Ideal!

Schools recognised for improving health and wellbeing in Bristol

Schools in Bristol have been recognised by the city council for the role they’re playing in improving the health and wellbeing of students, families and communities at an annual award ceremony. The improvements are driven by two major Public Health initiatives – the Healthy Schools’ Programme which is the larger of the two initiatives and focuses on improving health behaviours such as eating well and being active, and the Bristol Ideal, a domestic violence prevention programme promoting healthy relationships, equality and respect.


“I’m so proud to see our schools taking a lead role in teaching students about these significant issues. When it comes to staying healthy and safe, prevention is absolutely the key to tackling wider health issues such as obesity, cancer and poor mental health. I intend to support mental health and wellbeing interventions for all primary school children and this work will also help to reduce health inequality in our city. I would encourage every school in the city to get involved and put health and wellbeing firmly on the curriculum.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol


This is the first year that the award ceremony will include The Bristol Ideal; a project which, though in its early stages, has already generated interest from the Home Office and Education Select Committee for its innovative approach to preventing domestic and sexual violence. The first three schools to pass – Redland Green, Shirehampton Primary and Chester Park Junior have taken a whole-school approach to tackling abuse including teaching about healthy relationships, ensuring pupils know where to go for help and having a named champion within the school.

“We are delighted to be one of the first schools to achieve the Bristol Ideal award. We feel it is our responsibility to provide young people with the knowledge and skills to tackle the tricky issues they face today whether that be sexism, sexual harassment or abusive relationships. Ultimately, we hope that this will lead to a culture shift where any form of domestic violence and abuse is unacceptable. Embedding a full Relationships and Sex Education curriculum has been key to that work as well as ensuring our staff are well trained in spotting signs of abuse.”

Sarah Baker, headteacher at Redland Green School


“I have always been passionate about the ideology behind the Bristol Ideal and I am so proud to have been and continue to be involved in such a ground-breaking scheme, working with young people across the city to educate them in healthy relationships.

“We are fortunate to live in a world where we have access to information and have the ability to raise awareness amongst our young people of what makes a healthy relationship. Working towards the common goal of showing that inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated, is the greatest gift we can give our children.”

Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner


The Bristol Ideal and Bristol Healthy Schools programmes are open to all schools in the city and are supported by Bristol City Council. For more information visit the project websites: http://www.bristolhealthyschools.org.uk/ and http://www.bristolideal.org.uk/.