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Irk Valley Community School


The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Healthy Schools

At Irk Valley Community School we are committed to promoting good health for our children, their families and our staff. This consists of physical, social, emotional and mental health and will help support people in making informed decisions about their health and getting the most out of life. In conjunction with Manchester Healthy Schools we have taken a whole school approach to improve and develop the health and wellbeing of pupils by working on 7 thematic areas. 



These contribute to the physical and emotional development of all members of our school community and help to raise the achievements of children.


Here are some of the ways we promote and develop the areas at our school:

Healthy Lifestyles

  • A healthy breakfast club
  • School meals that meet the School Food Standards
  • After-school sports clubs
  • 2 hours of PE weekly
  • Daily Mile

Social and Emotional Health

  • School council
  • Support from external health professionals (Play therapy, Speech and language therapy)
  • Participation in anti-bullying and e-safety campaigns

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Participation in Children’s mental health week
  • Weekly Circle Time lessons and discussion about children’s emotions


  • A policy in line with DFE statutory guidance and a result of consultation with pupils, parents, governors and staff.


  • A carefully selected curriculum that covers all thematic areas

Drugs & Alcohol Education

  • Taught through our PSHE curriculum
  • Parental information available on our website

Unintentional Injury Prevention

  • Promotion of national safety campaigns within school


As well as policies for many of these areas, they are all taught through our PSHE curriculum and there is a lot of information available for parents on our school website.


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