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posted 10 Feb 2016, 06:25 by Judith Malcolm   [ updated 10 Feb 2016, 06:26 ]

Beacon Academy has been awarded the Food for Life Bronze 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.

As part of the Bronze award scheme, Beacon Academy serves seasonal school meals, 75% of which are freshly prepared by our very own experienced school cook, Steph Ion. The school also gives every pupil the opportunity to visit a farm, cook and participate in food growing activities during his or her time at school, and pupils and parents are involved in making improvements to the school’s menu and dining experience.

Judith Malcolm, the School Business Manager, said “the academy has worked very hard to ensure that the children all have a nutritional and healthy school lunch that follows the School Food Plan as recommended by the Department for Education.  The children and parents have been involved in suggesting ideas for the menu and once a year we survey both to see what children like and what they don’t.”

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.