Brownsover Community school in Rugby has been awarded the prestigious Food for Life Gold award for its healthy and climate-friendly food culture.
The gold award recognises schools, which use practical learning experiences to reconnect young people to the food they eat, following the journey from field to plate.
Since joining Food for Life, Brownsover Community school has shown that it is possible to transform school food culture by serving healthy, climate-friendly school meals and integrating practical food education into the school curriculum.
Working with Warwickshire County Caterers the school has seen a rise in the school dinner take up from 74,5% to 91% of pupils eating school dinners, proving that good school food combined with food education is a good start to get children to eat more healthily.
James Cashmore, Director of Food for Life says: “I’m delighted to announce that Brownsover Community school has achieved the Food for Life Gold award for creating a healthy, sustainable and enjoyable food culture within the school and its community to the benefit of everybody involved”.
“The school shows what real 21st century education is all about, which is using real life experiences to teach the curriculum and providing the next generation with solutions to what threatens their future, namely climate change and the obesity crisis. By empowering the young people to make informed food choices and giving them the skills to grow and cook food for themselves and their families, Brownsover Community School leads the way for a more sustainable future.”
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health said: “Brownsover Community School with Public Health and Warwickshire County Caterers have done an excellent job to engage children, parents, grandparents, carers and the wider community to grow, cook and learn about food through the Food for Life programme commissioned by Warwickshire County Council Public Health.”
Cllr Alan Webb, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Adults, Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee added: “Pupils in ‘Food for Life’ schools eat around a third more fruit and vegetables than pupils in comparison schools and significantly more at home.”
Independent research, summarised in a new report ‘Good food for all’ reveals the success of five years of Food for Life. The evidence from three independent research studies focuses in particular on four main areas of impact: children’s health, tackling inequalities, improving education, and local enterprise and sustainability.