Healthy Mind and Body

Below is a link to the School Nursing Service and Children’s Learning Disability Service :

We are committed to developing the whole child, emotionally, spiritually and through healthier living and learning and consequently we offer a range of physical activities throughout the school day to encourage an active lifestyle.

Mrs. Payne oversees our weekly Morning Mile run around the school site – come rain or shine, everyone can be seen running or walking together prior to the start of the day.

Healthy Eating and Well Being
Freshford Church School Health and Wellbeing Week, held in June 2018, coincided with National Healthy Eating Week.

A week of activities were enthusiastically supported by the children, their families and staff – from the morning mile to family yoga and a healthy snack sale prepared by Joyce Class . Even a hard working governor committee were presented with wonderfully colourful vegetable dips at their morning meeting. These initiatives were all a great success and we have received fantastic feedback from children and parents!

We can’t wait to build upon the success of our Health and Wellbeing Week and further embed health and wellbeing into day to day school life. Inspired by Dr. Campbell Murdoch, who presented his Human Five model in the Freshford Memorial Hall a few months ago, a small team including parents, PTA and staff, are now developing a school wide approach to health and wellbeing.

Physical Education
Having focused on REAL PE during 2015, which focused on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning, with a significant amount of work on strengthening the core muscle groups, during the academic year 2016 we focused on the further development of cricket and athletics. As the new academic year 2017 /18 commences KS1 children will be enjoying multi-skills and KS2 children netball. Our PE sessions are led by specialist coaches, funded through the School PE Grant.

In Term 3 2015 , inspired by parent and Olympic pentathlete Kate Allenby, we introduced our first highly successful cross country competition for all KS2 children. Inspired by this, our KS1 children participated in a sponsored fun run in Term 2 2016 raising £800 for Sports Relief. The cross country event is now embedded in our school year as an annual sporting fixture, with the next event taking place on Friday 9th February 2018…. training commences in earnest early in the New Year.

We were delighted that in January 2017 our team came a very close third in the Bath Small Schools’ Swimming Gala, having held the trophy for two consecutive years.

In conjunction with Pentathlon GB, several of our junior children compete in the annual Prior Park Schools’ Biathlon, which enables children to qualify for the British Schools’ Biathlon Championships. A relay team from Freshford competed in the 2016 English Schools’ Swimming Association gala at Millfied School.

Bath & North East Somerset School Sports Partnership
The children benefit from blocks of coaching in a wide range of sports and throughout the year we participate in a range of Sports Festivals at Ralph Allen School. Support is provided by some of the older Ralph Allen children and is an opportunity for our children to work alongside some of Freshford’s former pupils.

West of England Sports Trust (WESPORT)
The school frequently participates in WESPORT inter-school sports competitions, with KS2 children participating in a number of sports fixtures, including netball, football, tag rugby and cross country.

After school sports / dance activities
A range of after-school activity clubs, run by fully qualified coaches, includes cricket, multi-sports, football, netball and tennis.

Children’s cooking
We believe that learning how to prepare, cook and appreciate a wide range of dishes, originating from countries around the world, is an invaluable skill for leading a healthy lifestyle. Every child at Freshford School participates in small group cookery sessions in Peter’s Kitchen throughout the school year.

Learning Outside the Classroom
A great deal of our learning takes place outside the classroom, with children frequently being in evidence around the school site engaged in creative play and a range of curriculum based learning activities. Our Let’s Explore days in Fairy Woods continue to be an annual fixture in our school calendar.