Case Studies

The best way to show the Food for Life programme is through case studies of various aspects of the programme in action.

Here are some examples of our work to inspire you to get involved! You'll find more case studies in the side panels around the website and enrolled settings will find even more once they have logged into their portal.


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    Finding the missing puzzle piece with Happy Days Childcare

    Happy Days Childcare is located on the grounds of their local primary school, adjacent to woodlands which they use regularly. They were the first early years setting to engage with Food for Life West Northamptonshire and have attended hands on training and webinars whilst using Food for Life resources to support their activities.

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    Enhancing Curriculum Learning through Farm Visits

    Billesdon Primary School recently visited a local farm to learn about farming and the food system. Discover what they learnt, and how it benefited their learning here.

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    Inspiring Eco Warriors

    The Eco Warriors at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, located in the heart or Loughborough’s diverse city centre, have been empowered by school leadership to inspire their peers, improve school lunches, and reduce waste.

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    Abbey Primary School

    Abbey Primary School in Bloxwich, Walsall achieved their bronze Food for Life (FFL) award back in February 2023 and are still working hard to embed food education and a positive food culture, not only in school, but beyond the school gates.


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    Kingfisher Primary School

    Pupils from Kingfisher Primary School in Medway recently enjoyed a visit to a wheat farm to learn all about where their food comes from. The farm, situated near Sittingbourne, Kent, is a wheat supplier for Warburtons.

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    Sir John Moore Primary School

    Hooray for Sir John Moore Primary School who have completed their Food for Life Gold Award!


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    St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Loughborough.

    The ‘Eco Warriors’ at St Mary’s have been empowered by the school leadership to inspire their peers, improve school lunches, and reduce waste. They are making a
    difference in their school, community and beyond!

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    Newtown Linford Primary School

    In the Leicestershire village of Newtown Linford, signs of growth are beginning to appear at the village primary schools' new garden area. The area has been developed by pupils, staff, parents and the wider community, with a bit of help to kick-start from Food for Life.

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    Birkbees Nursery Group Case Study: How the FFL Early Years Award can develop existing good practice

    The Birkbees Nursery Group is a collection of four nurseries in Huddersfield. The nurseries range from having 32 places to 85 in one setting and cater for a diverse group of children from many different backgrounds. The Birkbees Nursery Group was one of two nurseries who were the first to achieve the national FFL Early Years Award after participating in the pilot programme, supported by Kirklees Council. 

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    Michael Drayton Junior School Case Study: Get going with successful growing!

    Michael Drayton Junior School is a large school of 500 pupils with a diverse catchment. As part of their Food for Life work, they have embraced growing to the full with great success, both in terms of the impact on the children and the growing of produce itself. Kate MacRae coordinates the growing as she is responsible for outdoor learning. The school understand that being outdoors is very important for the children’s mental and physical health. Growing in the school grounds has given them a great learning context for that time outdoors, enabling them to experience risk in a safe setting, get their hands dirty and even wear wellies – a new thing for some! It also provides a real opportunity for team-working and peer mentoring as the older pupils support the younger ones in developing their skills.

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    Westlea Primary School Case Study: The impact of the FFL school awards programme

    Westlea Primary School is  a culturally rich school in Swindon with over 300 pupils from a range of backgrounds. Since joining the Food for Life programme in 2003 they have transformed both their food provision and food education, recently achieving the prestigious Food for Life Gold Award. This case study looks at their journey, and how is has benefited both pupils and the wider community.

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    Barrow Hill Primary School: Engaging the community through Food for Life

    Since January 2012, Barrow Hill Primary School and Food for Life have been working together to encourage everyone in the school and community to learn more about the food they eat, tracing it from farm to fork. Barrow Hill Primary has fully embraced the Food for Life ethos whilst embedding the programme across the whole school community.

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    Clifton Green Primary School: Creating career aspirations with a school farmers' market

    Clifton Green Primary School (CGPS) serves pupils from varied demographics in one of the most deprived wards in the City of York. This case study explains how holding a school farmers' market and introducing pupils to small local producers and business owners had a positive impact on the career aspirations of many students.

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    Eastfield Primary School: Improving school meal take up by building on firm foundations

    This case study explains how Eastfield Primary school used the Food for Life framework to increase their school meal take up to an impressive 97% (100% on some days!)

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    Greenfields Community Primary School Case Study: Unifying a diverse community through food

    Greenfields Community School in Nottingham first joined the Food for Life schools programme in January 2008. They enrolled having already done some fantastic work to develop a thriving school garden and were keen to use the Food for Life award framework to extend this good work to improve their food provision and food education. This case study looks at their journey so far.

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    Hob Moor Community Primary and Hob Moor Oaks Special School: Working together to improve the dining experience

    Hob Moor Community Primary School and Hob Moor Oaks Special School share a purpose built kitchen for lunches but conversations with the school SNAG Group highlighted to staff that lunchtimes were becoming stressful for the children.  This case study explains how even small changes can have a huge impact on the dining experience for all pupils and can help to encourage healthy eating.

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    Leicester City Schools 2018

    Bridge Junior school and Shaftesbury Junior School in Leicester both received special awards for their outstanding work with Food for Life.

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    Ling Bob Junior, Infant and Nursery School: Increasing free school meal take up through Food for Life

    Ling Bob Junior, Infant and Nursery School enrolled on the Food for Life programme to raise the quality and uptake of their school meals.  This case study explain how they achieved this not only among the students but also among schools staff by using the Food for Life framework.

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    New Fosseway School: Using the flexible Food for Life framework to enrich the curriculum

    New Fosseway School pupils have a range of special educational needs and to ensure the Food for Life (FFL)  programme worked for these pupils, the FFL lead at the school met with an FFL Local Programme Manager and created a plan based on the Food for Life framework and the Healthy Food work the school was already involved in.  Teachers notice better engagement in several areas of the curriculum, including Maths, Science, Design and Technology and Literacy, when it was framed around the Food for Life growing programme. 

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    Park Academy, Boston: Increasing school meal take up by unifying a diverse community

    Park Academy in Boston struggled with a fragmented school community and low school meal uptake, due in part to over 62% of pupils coming from migrant backgrounds. Using the Food for Life framework to consult pupils and their families, the school were able to significantly increase their school meal take up and encourage the wider community to take part in school activities around food.

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    Food for Life Hospitals Case Study: Transforming the food experience for patients, staff, visitors and the wider community

    In developing the Food for Life for hospitals, our expert team, funded by the Big Lottery Wellbeing Fund, has worked with three NHS Trusts to co-develop a framework for health-promoting and sustainable hospital food, and to support the initiatives shared in this case study.



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