FFLP Schools lead the way at the TES Awards
12 July 2012 - We were delighted to find out that every school nominated in this year's TES Awards Healthy Eating category were all part of the FFLP programme.
Congratulations to all the shortlisted schools for the category at this year's Times Education Supplement Schools Awards who included:
- Alwoodley Primary, Leeds - Enrolled
- Penair School, Truro, Cornwall - Gold
- Poole Grammar School, Dorset - Silver
- RSA Academy, Tipton, West Midlands - Enrolled
- St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, Surrey – Gold (winner)
- St Matthew Academy, Blackheath, London – Bronze
Particular congratulations to St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, who were overall winners.The school gained their Gold Food for Life Partnership award in 2010, and have gone from strength to strength in showing their commitment to healthy and sustainable food.
The residential school, which teaches children with learning difficulties ages 5-19, has embedded healthy eating into its curriculum. Learners grow a range of organic produce in the extensive kitchen gardens, including carrots, leeks, potatoes, squash, herbs, apples and rhubarb.
The majority of pupils at the school are on the autistic spectrum, some with very complex needs and severe communication difficulties. To support them, the daily menu is available in a visual format and the school works closely with parents to progress learners’ dietary habits. Meals are seen as an important time to develop pupils social skill, so all four of the lunch sittings held each day are attended by occupational therapist.
Close working with local suppliers, a 100% uptake of school lunches and weekly cookery classes are all signs of St Joseph’s successful focus on food. The school also reaches out to support others, offering allotments to the local community and hosting a ‘Food for Life’ conference last year attended by 16 schools. The school has also been visited by a South Korean TV documentary team who travelled across the world to see Food for Life work at its best.
The TES judges say: “St Joseph’s has done much more than cook great food. It has involved the wider community and made healthy eating a central part of its curriculum.”
Well done everyone, and keep up the great work!
*The TES Schools Awards (or TESSAs as they are affectionately known) were launched in 2009 by the Times Educational Supplement (the teacher’s paper) to recognise and reward the professionalism and flare of those teams making an outstanding contribution to primary and secondary schools in the maintained and independent sectors. You can see pictures from the 2012 event here.