Health-conscious students have persuaded their school’s leaders to ban sugary drinks.
Instead, The Angmering School will allow fellow pupils to bring in only drinks of water.
The students’ efforts also mean the only drinks on sale at the Station Road school’s canteen are water and milk.
The Water For All scheme was started by a group from year 11 and sixth formers at the school, to raise awareness about sugar consumption and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Finn Roberts, 15, said: “We hope this scheme will become a normality within student lives and hugely improve their sugar consumption in school.”
The school agreed to instigate the policy starting this week.
Ollie Charman, 16, said: “We have enjoyed being able to implement such a beneficial school initiative for the present and future students of the school.”
The students carried out a survey of teachers and students to evaluate drinking habits in school and basic knowledge regarding sugar content.
They concluded most students drank water alongside other drinks and that asking them to bring only water into school would be a relatively easy change, beneficial to pupils’ health.
The students worked with the school’s Headship Team and school food provider, Sodexo, to make the change.
They also held assemblies to make students aware of the change and the reasons why it was being proposed.
Professional rugby player Amy Wilson Hardy, who recently visited the school, has backed the policy.
Amy, who competes for the England 7s team, said: “It is so fantastic to see the students at The Angmering School adopting the water for all policy.
“Hydration is key to all forms of performance be it on a rugby pitch or in the classroom. By eliminating other drinks, students are avoiding having unnecessarily high amounts of hidden sugars.”
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