Healthy and Sustainable Schools

Mission statement

Our Healthy Schools Collective is a group of local authority and across city teams. They are working to raise engagement, improve outcomes and support the schools, children and young people of our city in making healthier and more sustainable choices within their communities.

Our goal is to encourage and educate children and young people to live healthier and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

To help champion a healthier and sustainable city, we are working together with schools to support young people in their community to develop their character. This will maximise their health and wellbeing so they can reach their full potential now and in the future.

To do this we will work together to: 

  • Provide information about the health, sustainability and wellbeing needs of children and young people
  • Provide information about evidence-based school programmes to address these needs that will quality assure the projects undertaken by schools
  • Develop networks of support by joining up different organisations and quality assured support services that can work with schools
  • Address needs of children and young people to build their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy in a sustainable way
Coach Carrot
Coach Carrot
Coach Carrot Playing Cricket
Coach Carrot playing cricket
Healthy High 5 Awards Redbridge Primary School
Schools receiving their award from the Mayor and Coach Carrot
School Assembly
HAF Cooking Session
HAF cooking session

Coach Carrot

Coach Carrot is an integral part of Southampton’s Healthy and Sustainable Schools’ collective. Coach aims to encourage children and young people to make healthy choices now and in the future.

We invited children and young people aged 4 to 16 to participate in creating a mascot to help champion a healthier city. Hundreds of entries were received with some amazing ideas and concepts. After hours of careful consideration and with the help of the senior leadership team, the winner was selected; Ivy from Fairisle Junior School with ‘Coach Carrot’.

Coach Carrot has since surprised Ivy during a school assembly and presented her with a framed photo and her original drawing. Coach Carrot also led some fun activities for the children in the assembly, thus beginning the job of championing health and wellbeing for all.

Cllr Alexander Winning, Cabinet Member for Children & Learning said, “Congratulations to Ivy for creating Coach Carrot. It’s great to see so many of our children and young people get involved with creating a mascot for healthy living. Coach Carrot will become a role model for children and young people; visiting assemblies, health choices workshops, holiday clubs and community events. I look forward to seeing Coach Carrot out and about in the city.”

To find out more about Coach Carrot, email or visit our Coach Carrot page. 

Healthy and sustainable school audit

The aim of the audit is to encourage schools to review and set small objectives. This is applies to the initiatives in place and the work being carried out to improve the health, wellbeing and sustainability of the school community.


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Several children celebrating

Congratulations to the following schools for achieving the Gold Healthy High 5 Award for the Summer Term:

  • Redbridge Primary School
  • Bitterne C of E Primary School
  • Maytree Nursery and Infants School
  • Shirley Infant School

Calendar of events

Here are some of the upcoming events in Healthy and Sustainable Schools:

Event/Venue Date Time Category Notes
World Car Free day Friday 22 September   Physically Active/Sustainable Schools World Car Free Day with Living Streets
Cycle to School Week Monday 25-Friday 29 September   Physically Active/Sustainable Schools

Cycle to School Week Teacher Resources

National Fitness Day Wednesday 20 September   Physically Active National Fitness Day
Walktober October   Physically Active/Sustainable Schools Walktober
Black History Month October   RSHE  
Hampshire Outdoors’ Outdoor Learning Conference - Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey Friday 6 October 2023 9am-3.15pm Sustainable Schools/ Physically Active Hampshire Outdoors - Delegate Registration
World Mental Health Day Tuesday 10 October 2023      

View more on the full calendar of events.

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