Stoke on Trent College has been recognised with an award for its excellence in the health and wellbeing of its students.
The College was one of the first in the country to secure a healthy further education college standard in 2010, and its continued work in the development of the learners’ health has gone from strength to strength.
The main themes of the award are healthy eating, physical activity, mental health and emotional wellbeing, alcohol and drugs misuse as well as sexual health.
To achieve the award the college demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and consistency in the range and level of health support services for its staff and students – as well as its work with local health support services and organisations.
It also highlighted how it actively engages learners in the promotion of health and well-being, which in turn leads to increased performance and achievement.
Luan Mountford, Stoke on Trent City Council’s coordinator for health and wellbeing in Education said “The College obviously care about the health and wellbeing of all their students and staff alike, clearly carrying out the plans they have, encouraging good health and wellbeing for all”.
Lynn Tindale, Director of Learner Support Services at Stoke on Trent College said: “At Stoke on Trent College we are proud of the way we support health and wellbeing with schemes such as smoking cessation and STAR (teenage pregnancy) running throughout the year. Our learners have access to internal services such as counselling and mentoring in addition to external services, many of whom do weekly advice clinics cross our campus. We have a full time health and wellbeing officer who co-ordinates our learners needs for lifelong learning”.
Students are also engaged as health champions. Emily Barker who is studying level 2 public services said “Being a health champion allowed me to mix with students as well as raise money for different campaigns. This has not only given me the opportunity to work with great people, but also organize events to raise awareness”.
The food options the College’s students have is paramount to the awards success. Stoke on Trent College Catering and Retail manager, Dawn Vincent said: “I am proud to serve our food to our learners and staff. Healthy options at the college are also a cheaper option, encouraging students to make improved choices when they eat”.
Lynn Tindale added: “We are really committed here at the College to developing high quality Health and Wellbeing Services for our students.
“We work in partnership with other local and regional health services, local authorities and the voluntary sector to access the best possible services in house.
“The Health and Wellbeing of our staff and students is paramount, and these services improve not only the quality of life, but also students’ performance and achievement too.”