A very special visit for Carshalton Boys Sports College
27 November 2012 – HRH The Prince of Wales and Jamie Oliver visited FFLP Silver School Carshalton Boys Sports College to find out more about how they have transformed their school food culture.
The very special event was organised by FFLP partner Garden Organic and showcased the CBSC’s outstanding school food, growing and cooking. Pupils, members of the local community and teaching and catering staff were all involved in the visit.
Situated in the London Borough of Sutton, the school serves a diverse population with a high percentage of students eligible for free school meals. The school enrolled with us in 2009 and as well as providing a framework for their outstanding work with food, they also believe FFLP ensures pupils understand the connection between food and feeling good and being healthy.
Carshalton has been helped to get pupils growing their own food by one-to-one support from a garden education officer and resources from Garden Organic. Visitors, including FFLP’s Libby Grundy, Roger Mortlock and Jeanette Orrey, were shown around the school and met enthusiastic pupils who were part of the ‘Mud Club’, where every week grandparents also share their gardening expertise with pupils. They also saw the school's 'Chicken Run Club' that houses 10 chickens and a rooster!
Carshalton headteacher Simon Barber believes food growing in the 16 raised beds at his school has played a crucial role in its success. “I just think it is amazing that this tiny scrap of land has had such a massive impact on the school – it has helped to change the whole approach to food here.”
This was echoed by The Prince of Wales, patron of Soil Association and Garden Organic, who said: “The Food for Life Partnership has made a fantastic difference in drawing people’s attention to the importance of reconnecting children to where their food comes from, how it grows and then how we eat it. That connection is absolutely crucial”.
The school’s hard work is clearly paying off, with over 90% of pupils now taking up delicious, freshly prepared meals like salmon with coriander and beef bourguignon.
Garden Organic Chief Executive Myles Bremner said: “Carshalton offers great inspiration for any school out there that feels encouraging its pupils to eat healthy food is an impossible challenge. This school has really proved that with strong leadership and a huge team effort on the part of pupils, staff, the community and charities like ourselves, we can offer our children healthy school dinners that they will be queuing up to be first in line for.”
A fantastic day for all involved and congratulations to the pupils and staff at Carshalton Boys Sports College for such well-deserved praise.
It was great to receive the following tweet from Jamie Oliver today:
@FFLPartnership food for life you are the best !! Thanks for all the amazing work you do for children anything I can do to support you joxx
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Photo courtesy of Stephen Black, Carshalton Boys Sports College.
Click here to view a Press Association video showing some highlights of the day and read the Daily Mail article.