The Grove School in Melton is awarded for its healthy food achievements

Jack Taylor, Grace Branston, Crystal Haynes, Alfie Saddington, Millie Tinsley, Archie Fiddes, Mrs Townend and Mrs Hazeldine along with representatives from the Food for life partnership PHOTO: Supplied

Jack Taylor, Grace Branston, Crystal Haynes, Alfie Saddington, Millie Tinsley, Archie Fiddes, Mrs Townend and Mrs Hazeldine along with representatives from the Food for life partnership PHOTO: Supplied

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The Grove Primary School has been awarded the Food for Life bronze award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.

The school, part of the Mowbray Education Trust, has been working with Food for Life to transform the food culture for the children by introducing climate-friendly and healthy food.

As part of the bronze award scheme, The Grove serves seasonal school meals, 75 per cent of which are freshly prepared by their experienced staff cook.

The school also gives every pupil the opportunity to visit a farm, cook and participate in food growing activities during his or her time learning.

Pupils and parents are actively involved in making suggestions and improvements to the school’s menu and the children’s dining experience.

Six children were invited to attend the Food for Life ceremony at Roots Farm, Barkby Thorpe to collect the award. The pupils gave a five minute presentation showcasing the school’s success in growing their own vegetables that have been cooked and served for hot lunches.

The group took part in many activities including pumpkin carving and kokedamas making. They were also given a tractor ride to the crops in the field.

Karina Hazeldine, the Forest school leader and healthy schools coordinator, said: “The children were a credit to the Grove. They all spoke enthusiastically to a large audience and enjoyed trying different foods.”

Headteacher Mike Owen added: “We’re very pleased to receive this award. It links really well to the creative curriculum we are providing for our pupils.

“The children really enjoy the outdoor experiences we offer and they have a greater understanding of the importance of learning about good food habits for the future. Well done to the staff and children!”

Food for Life has created a network of over 4,500 schools across England committed to transforming their food culture. It is a Soil Association programme, bringing together the practical expertise of national partners Focus on Food, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust.