Food for Life

Smallthorne Primary Academy

Smallthorne Primary Academy has been awarded for their healthy food achievements.

Smallthorne Primary 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, Smallthorne Primary Academy serves seasonal school meals, 75% of which are freshly prepared by experienced school cook, Mrs Crutchley of City Catering. 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.

Our pupils have been involved in changing the lunchtime experience with Year 6 Head Girl and Head Boy undertaking questionnaires and chatting to pupils across the school to gain their views. Pupils views have been used to make improvements to our lunchtimes within school. This is just one way that we have made changes to lunchtimes within our school.

Quotes from headteacher on achieving the award:

“Our pupils are very aware of healthy eating and have been really involved in gaining recognition for what we already do in school”

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.

  • For more information contact: Smallthorne Primary Academy on 01782 235265
  • For enquiries about Food for Life contact 0117 3145180 or 

Food for Life has created networks of over 4,500 schools across England committed to transforming their food culture. It supports them to provide fresh, well-sourced and nutritious meals and improve their overall lunchtime experience.  It helps children, adults and teachers understand the importance of good nutrition and where their food comes from through practical cooking and growing activities and farm visits.

Food for Life is a Soil Association programme, bringing together the practical expertise of national partners Focus on Food, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust.

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Food for Life Awards criteria that schools meet:

Bronze schools serve seasonal school meals that are at least 75% freshly prepared by a well-trained school cook. Pupils and parents are involved in planning improvements to school menus and the dining experience via a school nutrition action group, boosting school meal take-up. Every pupil has the opportunity to visit a farm during his or her time at school, and opportunities are given for cooking and food growing activity.

Silver schools serve school meals on plates, not flight trays, and a range of locally sourced, free range and organic items are served and no fish from unsustainable sources is served. The school has a cooking club, and pupils get to cook with and eat the produce grown in the school growing area. Parents and the wider community get involved in food education via food-themed events.

Gold schools are hubs of good food culture in their community, actively involving parents and community groups in cooking and growing activity. School meals areat least 75% freshly prepared, with some items local and organic, and more than 60% of pupils are choosing to eat school meals. Every pupil learns to cook and has the opportunity to grow food, and groups of pupils are actively involved in the life of a local farm.