Bronze Criteria and Guidance
Download the full list of Bronze award Criteria and Guidance – including practical tips and examples of how schools have approached transforming their food culture.
Summary of the Bronze Award Criteria
Food leadership and school food culture
- Our School Nutrition Action Group has led a review of food culture in our school, and actions have been agreed.
- We monitor school meal take up and we are taking action to maximise the take up of free school meals.
- We consult with our pupils and parents on school meal improvements.
- We keep parents informed of lunch menus and Food for Life Partnership activity and invite them to attend our school lunches.
- We encourage our pupils to suggest improvements to the dining experience and we implement the best ideas.
- Our lunchtime supervisors promote a calm and positive dining experience and help our pupils with food choices.
- We have made a commitment to phase out flight trays.
Food quality and provenance (delivered in partnership with our caterer)
- Food on our menu does not contain any undesirable additives or trans fats.
- We make sure that at least 75% of dishes on our menu are freshly prepared.
- All meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards. We use meat that is farm assured as a welfare minimum. We use eggs from cage-free hens.
- Our menus are seasonal and we highlight in-season produce.
- Our menus cater well for all dietary needs in the school population.
- Catering staff are supported with skills training and are engaged in food education.
- No genetically modified (GM) ingredients are used in our menus.
- Free drinking water is provided for our pupils throughout the school day.
- No fish are served from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) 'Fish to Avoid' list.
- Our menus demonstrate their compliance with national standards or guidelines on food and nutrition.
- Information is on display about where food comes from.
- We use the topic of healthy and sustainable food as a theme for assemblies.
- Our pupils have the opportunity to take part in cooking activities, and this is linked to wider learning.
- Our pupils have the opportunity to grow and harvest food and make compost, and this is linked to wider learning.
- We organise an annual farm visit, and this is linked to wider learning.
Community and partnerships
- We hold an annual event on a food theme for our pupils, parents and the wider community.
- We make efforts to actively engage parents and/or the wider community in our growing and cooking activities.
- We share Food for Life Partnership learning with local schools, the wider community and other partners.