TAKING control of its own healthy food provision has helped a Northumberland school to reach a high quality national standard.
After meeting all of the extensive criteria over the last two years, Cambo First School has now received the silver Food for Life Partnership award.
A key aspect to this achievement has been the successful introduction of a meals service run by the school itself and there have been a host of other initiatives.
Every week, two members of the community come into school to cook for two hours with a year group. The youngsters take turns so that over the year, each pupil has the chance to learn how to cook certain meals for at least half a term.
Governors, parents and teachers work together to help them eat healthier and the children’s views are also taken into account.
A contingent from Cambo went down to Manchester to receive the award from renowned school meals expert Jeanette Orrey, including headteacher Paula Cummings who said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved this accolade, particularly as we are the only school in Northumberland to get the silver one.
“Although a flagship school for Food for Life with a bronze award, we have been unable to access the silver or gold because Northumberland County Council’s Meals Service only operates at a bronze level.
“This year we took over our own school meal service and we have never looked back. We serve freshly-cooked and nutritionally-balanced meals from locally-sourced food producers that our pupils really enjoy.”
The school uses its own organic pork and eggs laid by its free-range hens and it grows its own vegetables in the garden and allotment.
In addition, cook Dawn Lewins has introduced a system whereby the children are rewarded for the number of clean plates they manage.