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Schools across England are using food as a way to improve their whole school experience - making lunchtimes a positive feature of the day and enriching classroom learning with farm visits and practical cooking and growing.
Torpoint Community College, Cornwall
A Wannabe chef cooked her way to success – with only £5 to spend in a school cooking competition.
Torpoint Community College students from Years 9, 10 and 11 took part in The Spring Board Future Chef nationwide competition, where they cooked one main meal using only £5 worth of ingredients.
The winner was Year 9 student Jordan Pilley and the runner up was Joe Smith from Year 11.
Jordan will go head to head against other students across Cornwall in the local finals, on December 6 at Cornwall College, Redruth, with the chance to compete in regional finals at Axminster River Cottage for a place in the finals in London.
Read more blogs from this school.
Eastfield Primary School, Leicestershire
We are inthe planning stages...
Royds Hall Community School, Kirklees
After school Gardening club is going very well. The group is creating a rockery in the school garden.
Freshly picked lettuce and kale provided for the school garden this week.
Flowers, strawberries,raspberries, broad beans, cucumber, and peas sent home with the gardening club members this week for their families to enjoy.
Ashbridge Independent School & Nursery, Lancashire
It has been an Epic Year.
The fruit hedge has amazed us all. Unfettered, the berries swell, the boughs bend, the light + air hits the fruit and everything is as abundant as a Dutch painting. Yes, we have pudgy woodpigeons, tame grey squirrels + obese rabbits staggering about like Snow White's kitchen but there seems to be enough for everyone.
The marrows outdoors are as plump as the blackbirds that follow anyone who weeds or digs.
We are experimenting with No-dig methods in the greenhouse. Theory is that regular digging is unnatural + disturbs the structure, worms + mycro-life, so just organic mulch on top, like falling leaves. I now have half a greenhouse much more verdant than the control half.
The best flowers to attract bumblebees were chives and are now borage.
The buddlia hedge is in full flower but there are less butterflies than last year.
Yeadon Westfield Infant School, Leeds
Our school cook book has been a great success with staff, parents and the local community alike. Full of school lunch recipes and special recipes from staff. There are lots of pictures and quotes from the children. Only £3.00 a copy.
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