Creating our Healthy Hub


  • 25 students
  • 13-15 years old
  • 2 year project

Students at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (OSSMA) have created a community Healthy Hub, using gardening to learn about mental health coping strategies while growing food to form part of a healthy lifestyle. Food grown by students is donated to members of the local community and primary schools are able to visit and learn more about nutrition from students volunteering on the project.

Run by: PSHE school lead

External involvement: Local garden centre, local voluntary group Macca. Stoke City Football Club attended launch event

Other attributes developed: Confidence and communication, improved school attendance, students given sense of purpose

Reflection: Students taking part in the project meet weekly with staff to feedback on actions taken throughout the week and look at progress towards milestones and goals. Students took part in a baseline ‘feelings and thoughts’ survey and will later complete the same again to see progress

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Volunteers could be invited to speak to students about careers in food science, mental health or related industries. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 5 - Linking curriculum learning to career, and encounters with employers and employees

Links to curriculum learning: PSHE, science