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As part of the National Childhood Measurement Programme , we offer height and weight measurements to all Oxfordshire primary school children in Reception (aged 4-5) and Year 6 (aged 10-11).

We use these measurements to calculate a Body Mass Index (BMI) centile, and send the results to parents, offering ongoing support as well if needed.

The measurement process is overseen by trained healthcare professionals in schools. If your child is absent on the day the measurements are recorded, there may be an opportunity for them to be measured on a different date.

We take measurements in a private area away from other pupils. The children will not be weighed in front of each other and they will not be able to see what they weigh, as the scales used will not display their weight.

We ask children to remove their shoes, but otherwise weight them in normal indoor clothing.

We record measurements in centimetres for height and kilograms for weight.

In the UK, nearly one in three children are overweight or obese by the age of 11 years: we can also give friendly, confidential advice on an individual basis around maintaining or achieving a healthy weight for your child ,or information about healthy lifestyles and associate support services.  We also support schools to promote healthy eating advice.

Find out more on the Change4Life website.

Last updated: 13 April, 2018