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Healthy Living

It is important we educate and equip our young people to make healthy choices about their lifestyles. We do this in a variety of ways through the curriculum and via support mechanism in the Welfare system within school.

Overview of the Curriculum

Food and Nutrition


The Eat well plate – guide to the proportions of different food groups that should be eaten in order to maintain a balanced, healthy diet.

Nutrients and their functions in the body

Modifying recipes for good health


Revision of the Eat well plate.

Food diary and analysis of how your own diet fits into the Eat well plate.

8 tips for healthy eating

The importance of eating at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Revision of Nutrients and their functions in the body

Modifying recipes for health


Revision of nutrition and their functions in the body.

The Traffic Light Labelling System – guidance for making sensible food choices.

Student Development Days

Throughout KS3 and 4 students follow a tailored curriculum to educate themselves about the need and benefits of healthy living.   Topics covered are:

Year 7

  • Dental hygiene
  • Impact of sugar/ food choices
  • Dangers of smoking

Year 8

  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • First aid training
  • Physical and mental benefits of exercise
  • Benefits of relaxation

Year 9

  • First aid training
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Hearing loss

Year 10

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Self-care
  • Cancer awareness
  • Sleep

Year 11

  • First aid training
  • Physical and mental benefits of exercise


Through the course there are many topics which provide the foundation knowledge for healthy living.  Examples include The Body, Food and Digestion and Reproduction.


PE – healthy lifestyle

The physical education curriculum at PHS is designed to provide all pupils with the knowledge and skills to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. In all year groups, our students and young people are encouraged to take part in an active lifestyle and make healthy lifestyle choices. It is recommended that all children and young people should engage in moderate-vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day.

Students experience a high-quality curriculum that encourages them to be physically active for sustained periods of time and lead healthy, active lives. Students take part in a range of activities during their PE lessons to help support them in finding a love for physical activity and to promote them leading a healthy lifestyle.

We also offer a broad range of extra-curricular clubs at both lunch times and after schools to support students’ opportunities with engaging in physical activity

Welfare System

Students can be referred by the pastoral team for individual sessions on topics such as:

  • Body Image

  • General nutrition

  • Lifestyle Choices

  • Healthy Eating

The school restaurant also offers a range of healthy choices in their menu.

Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811