Old Town Primary School has been awarded the Food for Life Silver award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.
The school is working with Food for Life to transform the school’s food culture and that of its local community, by connecting the children with climate-friendly and healthy food.
In its quest to achieve the Food for Life Silver award, Old Town Primary School serves school meals on plates, not flight trays, has a range of free range, local and organic items on the menu. All pupils get the opportunity to attend a cooking club (led by our Cooking Tutor Michelle Willshaw) and get to cook and eat the produce they have grown in school during Gardening Lessons and Gardening Club (led by Louisa Clarkson, our Horticulture and Forest School Provider).
Parents and the wider community get involved too through food and plant themed events held at the local Community Centre enabling Old Town Primary School to achieve the prestigious RHS Level 5 Certificate, the highest accolade a school can achieve.
Old Town Primary School is now working towards the Food for Life Gold Award – the ultimate award that recognises schools, which use practical learning experiences to reconnect young people to the food they eat, following the journey from field to plate.
Jo Buckley, Headteacher of Old Town Primary explains why the school decided to join Food for Life. “We believe in creating opportunities for children so that they can flourish in later life. Achieving in academic terms, albeit extremely important, does not solely enable children to succeed. Success hinges upon a combination of factors - some of which we, as individuals, have more control over than others. If we are able to empower children to make healthy life choices, this will make a huge contribution to their overall wellbeing. The Food for Life programme is one of the tools that we use for this task.”
Felix, a pupil at the school said, “I am really good at growing vegetables. I sowed lots of courgette seeds which grew into plants that we sold at school so that families from school could grow courgettes at home.”
Independent research, summarised in a new report ‘Good food for all’ reveals the success of five years of Food for Life. The evidence from three independent research studies focuses in particular on four main areas of impact: children’s health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability.