The East Sussex Healthy Schools programme


Excellence award

After successful submission of your School Health Check self-assessment, your school will gain self-validated healthy schools status.

You can then choose to gain a further Healthy Schools Excellence Award. Both awards recognise:

  • your school’s achievements
  • your ongoing commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of children, staff and families.

The differences between Healthy Schools status and the Excellence Award are below.

Self-validated healthy schools status

After completing the School Health Check your school receives a certificate valid for three years. You must self-evaluate as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ for most criteria and pass a light-touch quality assurance process.

 The East Sussex Healthy Schools Excellence award

To gain ‘enhanced’ Healthy School status and the Excellence award, your school can participate in an external validation process to gain Excellence award. Your school will be marked as having had external validation to conform Excellence on the national map.

If you would like further information about the Excellence Award please contact our Health Improvement Team at

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