healthy-children-playingHello and welcome to a new school year! At Houghton, the physical and mental health and wellbeing of every member of our school (staff, pupils and parents) is incredibly important to us. Last year was a very successful year for physical fitness and health at Houghton.

We are incredibly proud to have been  awarded the ‘School Games Mark Gold Award’ for the THIRD in a row in recognition of our delivery of school sports and competition, the number of children who participate and the opportunities that we afford all children in the school. We were the first school in Carlisle to be awarded Gold level and we are delighted to have maintained it.

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

During academic year, 2016/17, our main priority across the school was to promote and encourage everyone to understand and recognise the importance of good mental health. It is crucial that the whole school community understands how fundamental good mental health is towards leading a quality, healthy life. In 2016/17, the ‘My Way Code’ programme (developed in partnership with the World Health Initiative) was delivered to all children across both Key Stages (the first time the programme has been delivered to children in KS1) alongside our class teachers. The programme has been designed to help children understand the importance of having excellent emotional and mental health. It helped the children to understand how different emotions affect them, how to recognise them and strategies to help them manage their emotions. It included some yoga, meditation and lots of fun games!  The programme was a huge success and the feedback from the children (and parents) really positive.

Mr Stewart is our Mental Health First-Aider in school. The primary role of a Mental Health First-Aider is to support and guide the school community in seeking professional support when needed. If you would like to talk to Mr Stewart, he would be happy to meet you and signpost you to any appropriate support.


sports-shoesThanks to the staff and coaches, we were able to offer a wide range of active after school clubs over the year, including: Rounders, Netball, Multi-skills, Gymnastics, Athletics, Year 2/3 Football, Year 4/5/6 Football, Tag-Rugby, Tri-Golf and fencing! Hopefully, the children all found something they could enjoy! We are proud to say that last year nearly every child participated at least once in a sporting event outside of school and we participated in a record number of sporting competitions. These included a large percentage of the Carlisle School Games competitions, which can lead to regional and national competitions. Some of the competitions and sports the children participated in outside of school included: High-Five Netball; Cross-country Running; Sport’s Hall Athletics; In-door Cricket; Rock-Climbing; Sands Centre 5-a-side; Boys 6-aside; Yr 3/4 Bob-Simmonds Football 7 a-side; Quick-Sticks Hockey; Tri-Golf; Orienteering; Girls and boys Kwik Cricket; and Tennis!


If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the health and wellbeing of Houghton School, or any suggestions for an active after school club we may be able to offer (or if you are interested in running one yourself!), please do come and see me.


Mr Johnston

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