Schools in Enfield have won prizes for their work promoting a healthy lifestyle for their pupils.

As part of the Mayor’s Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme, 19 Enfield schools received bronze awards at a ceremony at Worcesters Primary School in Goat Lane, Enfield.

The scheme asked schools to work with children from four years old to teach them about healthy eating and physical exercise and build their self-confidence.

London’s Deputy Mayor Victoria Borwick presented the awards to the schools for their hard work.

Worcesters Primary School headteacher Karen Jaeggi said: “It is a privilege to have hosted this occasion at Worcesters. Healthy schools are places where children learn to understand the benefits of leading a healthy life. What we teach and promote now will form the foundation for generations to make healthy choices.

“All those receiving awards for all 19 schools have shown just how much they are prepared to adopt a healthy approach. Good health and making healthy choices give children a head start in learning and growing so this recognition from the Mayor of London’s office is a great cause for celebration.”

The Deputy Mayor said: "Congratulations to all the schools across Enfield who have taken part in this programme and succeeded in achieving the bronze award.

“It’s great to think that thousands of children across the borough now understand where food comes from and why it’s important that they eat healthily and do regular exercise. I hope their success will encourage more schools in the area to sign up.”  

Councillor Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Borough Council cabinet member for schools and children's services was delighted to see so many schools pick up the prize.

She said: “I am delighted that 19 Enfield schools are now recognised with a bronze award for their efforts in becoming ‘Healthy Schools’.

“Healthy Schools London promotes the positive work that schools do in influencing the choices and decisions that keep children safe, well-informed and build confidence. It includes safe travel, walking buses, cooking, eating fresh healthy food, anti-bullying, listening to pupils, regular exercise and being positive.

“We want all young children to have the best start in life making the choices to achieve their potential and life chances.”