Food for Life Partnership school number 2000 goes for Bronze
Resource: Case study
Hethersett VC Junior School in Norfolk is the 2000th school to enrol with the Food for Life Partnership. The school enrolled in April 2010 and achieved the Bronze award in just seven months. Office manager Jo Culley talks to us about how Hethersett's 240 students have benefited from the Partnership.
How much Food for Life Partnership work was your school already doing before you enrolled?
We had a small gardening club that met once a week. This was in raised beds with limited space for vegetables and flowers. However, the children still enjoyed what they did. We already had the healthy schools award and our meals are provided by Norse Commercial Services who have the Food for Life Bronze Catering Mark.
What has been the biggest benefit of the changes you have made during your journey towards Bronze?
The children’s enthusiasm has been outstanding. Within a few weeks we were getting produce from our new allotment and we’ve eaten fresh veg straight from the allotment in our school meals. Our involvement with the programme has brought forward children with talents for growing and cooking.
How achievable is Bronze for other schools?
Very. I was surprised at how much our children already knew and how many of them already had small vegetable patches at home. We are fortunate to have two extremely helpful parents who have created the allotment and our school cook takes cookery lessons in the school kitchen. The children are very excited to be allowed in the school kitchen.
What has been the hardest part of working towards Bronze?
Keeping up with the children! Their keenness has been overwhelming.
What would your number one piece of advice be to other schools thinking of applying for Bronze?
To get as much help as possible! I am being supported by two parents, the school cook and a teaching assistant, who manages the blog for me. Also, we have ensured the whole community knows what we are aiming for by entering the Hethersett Open Gardens Event. This was very popular and as a direct result we received donations including a new bird table, plants for the pond and an outside tap.