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Wainstalls, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 7TE


Wainstalls School

Together We Can

Wainstalls School is very proud to be the Active Schools Champion for the Calder Valley Cluster

We are delighted to announce that Wainstalls School is now a Calderdale Active School Champion. We were congratulated for our superb application and evidence, our commitment to supporting children throughout Calderdale to becoming healthier and happier and our generosity in lending our expertise to support schools in our area to become successful Active Schools through targeted activity initiatives. 

We are also proud to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark Award for the 2023/24 academic year. 
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
With a huge number of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.


Developed in Yorkshire in idea generation workshops involving over 80 headteachers and school governors, the Creating Active Schools Framework is designed to be a whole school approach and fully inclusive.

The aim is to embed physical activity into the core of the curriculum and beyond, utilising every opportunity to raise the activity levels of all children and young people and help to improve their physical, mental, behavioural and emotional wellbeing.

‘Physical inactivity is growing significantly for young people, in part due to the rise in school-related sedentary behaviours’  International Journal of Public Health 2020

Low levels of  physical activity in young people are linked to increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and poor mental health whilst numerous studies have  shown that physical activity improves concentration and learning along with health and fitness.  In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us the vital importance of our health and wellbeing and presented us with an ideal opportunity to make a systems change to help our children and young people to value this and give them the tools to make the right choices for life.

The Framework takes a whole school investment approach and allows all key stakeholders to be involved including leadership groups, teaching and other school staff, pupils, parents, and wider stakeholders such as Calderdale MBC’s Healthy Futures team.

Wainstalls School is very proud to have been designated a Calderdale Active Schools trailblazer and we are committed to continue to embed PHYSICAL ACTIVITY into every school day and utilise every opportunity for our children (and staff) to be active.



Calderdale Active Schools

Our Partnership with MyPhizz

"MyPhizz is such a fantastic resource, children can access at home with the support of their families as well as in the classroom. We’ve seen an impact in school as well; children are talking about myphizz, they’re excited when the teachers set the next phizz and it’s really motivating them to keep fit and active whilst challenging each other"‚Äč

Linda Waugh, Headteacher at Wainstalls School

Click here to watch Mrs Waugh being interviewed by MyPhizz about all things Active!

We are really proud to announce that a number of our children took part in the 2024 Cragg Challenge School Relay competition, setting a new course record! Our children were members of the mixed age school relay team that ran the 8.04km climb up Cragg Road in a new record time of 36 minutes and 28 seconds. The children were presented with certificates during assembly and were presented with a special plaque to be kept at school. Excellent running!